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How Israel Was Busted Nuking Yemen*

How Israel Was Busted Nuking Yemen*

By Ian Greenhalgh

Target arm – Livermore Nuclear Labs


Editor’s note: This article was originally published in May 2015. We are re-publishing it today as it remains highly significant and with the current extremely high level of tension in the region, perhaps more significant now than ever. Ian]

By Jeff Smith, Gordon Duff, Ian Greenhalgh

By now, every VT reader will be aware that Israel dropped a neutron bomb on Yemen on behalf of their Saudi allies. As well as the readers of VT, a billion Arabs also know this truth, every Arabic media outlet picked up the VT story as have the Russian outlets Pravda, Russia Today and Sputnik News. This story is too big to die, it is worldwide.

Israel nuked Yemen, period. This is hard fact that has been 100% confirmed.

Just watch the video, the scintillating pixels are caused by particles from the nuclear explosion hitting the camera’s sensor, there can be no other explanation; note the white hot ball of plasma seen briefly before the huge detonation.

The camera never lies

Until mobile phones with cameras and small video cameras were developed, small florescent lights were used as emergency nuclear explosion/radiation detectors.  Now, phones and CCD video cameras have become dependable “slam dunk” nuclear detectors.

The next few words are the technical explanation of why we are absolutely certain we are dealing with a nuclear event, with no questions whatsoever.  This is information available to all member of the press, the military, the scientific community and the general public.  This means, of course, that anyone in “denial” of our assertion, proven with this much certainty, is defective as to mental function or suffers from moral degeneracy.

The combination of the cameras plastic lens and the photoelectric effect produced in the cameras CCD pick up chip (because it is basically a very large array of photo diodes) allows them to act as very good detectors of high level ionizing radiation. Low level radiation in this case is not of concern because it will not immediately kill you or have long term negative health effects.

By simply pointing the camera at an explosive event it will immediately determine if it is nuclear or not. When the camera’s CCD pick up chip is overloaded by excess radiation it will pixelize showing white sparkles all over the picture of the fireball or blast image area.


The demonstration video still was taken in Yemen this month.  It is perhaps the best single demonstration image of ionizing radiation hitting a CCD receptor.  It is as perfect a demonstration of a nuclear explosion as detected using mobile phone or CCD camera technology, as explained above, as might be possible.

We are contacting scientists and physicists throughout the Middle east and Ukraine; we are distributing software that will allow us to detect not just nuclear weapons but radioactive threats of all kinds including polonium poisons; we are training teams to collect soil samples; preparing packages to allow medical personnel to screen for radioactive poisoning and we are offering materials for civil defence and decontamination efforts.

There has thus far been zero denial or refutation (other than by wingnuts and conspiracy theorists) of this having been a nuclear event nor has there been any effective denial of the pair of F-16A/Bs shot down over Yemen this week; planes which can only have belonged to Italy, Portugal or Israel, otherwise it came out of the mothballed stockpiles in the U.S. southwest.

Russia speaks out

As stated in Pravda today, the world’s scientific community is aghast that ‘the Saudis have begun to wipe Yemen off the map’, they get straight to the point by telling us that

‘shocking video reveals proton bombardment from a neutron bomb’ and that  ‘forbidden strikes have brought about a storm of worldwide protest’ and might I add, this wave of protest isn’t going to be silenced by a handful of internet trolls and unemployed Haifa housewives.

‘Obama has recently offered military assistance to any external threat the rich Arab Gulf States may face’ according to Pravda. Russia is not only certain after viewing the evidence, that this is a nuclear attack but they believe that the United States is fully complicit in it; where other sources have cited the Israeli-Saudi nexus, highest level Russian sources believe this irresponsible move is the result of Washington kow-towing to both Saudi Arabia and The Gulf States.

Here come the trolls

There is a truism that one catches the most flak when one is over the target; being attacked by shills, stooges, trolls and other assorted disinfo entities is always a good indicator that one has written something that exposes a truth that the bad guys really don’t want people finding out about.

We know that our article exposing the Israeli use of a neuron bomb in Yemen has upset the applecart in Tel-Aviv and elsewhere because we are seeing a slew of videos and posts appearing online attacking VT and ridiculing the Yemeni nuke story.

One video I found particularly objectionable was posted by one of David Icke’s sycophantic supporters; a loud-mouthed, obnoxious type who looks like a third Milliband brother shouts at us that Yemen wasn’t nuked, that neutron bombs don’t exist and warns that VT is a disinfo op. Oh, and just to make sure you know who he is working for, he gets in three or four ‘fuck Israel’ outbursts.

David Icke personally, has run the other way to get as far away from this nuke issue as he can; while at the same time tasking his pack of attack trolls with attacking VT and the existence of neutron bombs – further confirmation of his disinfo agent status and a clear indicator of who he works for, what agenda he is trying to further. The fact that Icke is tasked with specific assignments such as covering up the nuking of Yemen shows us that he is an active agent.

Personally, I never had any doubt that Icke was a disinfo scumbag, I remember all too well the days in the early 90s when he appeared on the Terry Wogan chat show claiming to be the son of God and wearing a turquoise shellsuit because that colour held some mystical power. Icke has always been full of it and working against the best interests of mankind.

You just outed yourself David, you have made it plain for all to see that you are nothing more than a foetid outlet for the lies and disinfo of Israel. We knew this all along of course, but now we have confirmation. What we have to ask ourselves though is why have they chosen to employ David Icke on this issue, rather strange because the timing makes it very clear that Icke is taking the grubby Shekel to do the bidding of Israel. This has the effect of ‘burning’ him as an asset – after this his credibility is gone, he is no longer an asset, just a spent, discredited force. But why burn one of your best assets?

The answer is both simple and gratifying – VT’s breaking of the Yemeni nuke story has done real damage, we hit the mark and drew blood; they have responded by turning one of their major assets against us with full knowledge this will burn the asset; this shows just how much they want to keep this nuclear warfare a secret.

Thank you so much, you just handed us a gift from heaven; proof positive that Israel really doesn’t want people to know they nuked Yemen; hence they have unleashed their moronic hordes of stooges, shills, trolls, whatever name you prefer to use for these lying pieces of faecal matter in human form; these disgusting, completely amoral creatures who gladly take the Shekel as reward for their attempts to run cover for the mass murder of innocent people and the use of horrific weapons of mass destruction to commit war crimes.

It is too late to put the cat back in the box, the word is out – Israel is using nukes to kill innocent civilians.

Where are the other big names in the so-called ‘truth movement’? Where are Alex Jones and Christopher Bollyn? They are certainly nowhere near this oh so important nuke issue and you can bet your last cent they won’t be going near it unless it is to spread disinfo and tell outright lies.

Note that all these nay-sayers have no credentials other than being pro-Israeli or suspiciously aligned to groups such as the ADL, SPLC or AIPAC which are nothing more than fronts for Israeli interests.

Take note of the reaction to this very serious issue of the Israeli use of nukes. Anyone who tries to claim there was no nuke dropped on Yemen or apply a derogatory label to those who seek to get the truth about this most heinous of war crimes out to a wide audience must be viewed as a stooge for Israel.

The worldwide spread of the true story of Israel’s nuking of Yemen has got the perpetrators very worried; the truth is one of the things these people fear most.

Appendix I

scintillator is a material that exhibits scintillation — the property of luminescence when excited by ionizing radiation. Luminescent materials, when struck by an incoming particle, absorb its energy and scintillate, (i.e., re-emit the absorbed energy in the form of light). Sometimes, the excited state is metastable, so the relaxation back down from the excited state to lower states is delayed (necessitating anywhere from a few nanoseconds to hours depending on the material): the process then corresponds to either one of two phenomena, depending on the type of transition and hence the wavelength of the emitted optical photon: delayed fluorescence or phosphorescence, also called after-glow.
A scintillation detector or scintillation counter is obtained when a scintillator is coupled to an electronic light sensor such as a photomultiplier tube (PMT), photo-diode, or silicon photomultiplier. PMT’s absorb the light emitted by the scintillator and re-emit it in the form of electrons via the photoelectric effect. The subsequent multiplication of those electrons (sometimes called photo-electrons) results in an electrical pulse which can then be analyzed and yield meaningful information about the particle that originally struck the scintillator. Vacuum photo-diodes are similar but do not amplify the signal while silicon photo-diodes, (CCD cameras) on the other hand, detect incoming photons by the excitation of charge carriers directly in the silicon. Silicon photo-multipliers consist of an array of photo-diodes which are reverse-biased with sufficient voltage to operate in avalanche mode, enabling each pixel of the array to be sensitive to single photons.



Published on May 31, 2015

ISRAEL & Saudi Arabia Nuked YEMEN. 100% Confirmed PROTON BOMBARDMENT from a NEUTRON BOMB.
” Shiite Houthi rebels seized Israeli-made weapons from the Saudi Arabian embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa Saturday, according to Iran’s semiofficial Fars News Agency. The militants discovered the Israeli weapons along with U.S. plans to construct a military base in Saudi Arabia to monitor the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, the Jerusalem Post reported. The rebels explored the embassy after overtaking its guards during heavy fighting. Saudi Arabia allegedly requested Israel to provide “state-of-the-art weapons to supply the terrorist groups in Yemen,” Iranian media claimed. “The Saudis are using Israeli weapons in their raids on Yemen,” Haaretz quoted Yemeni army commander Taher Rasoul Zadami as saying.” (Source: IBT, link 2 below)
– Wreckage of 2 Israeli Air for e F-16 fighter planes “were found to be of types never supplied to an Arab nation, not Saudi Arabia” or others. “The only ‘buyer’ in the region for that type of plane is Israel.”
At the same time, Press TV reported 2 downed Saudi warplanes in the same areas. On May 29, Pravda said “Saudis have begun to wipe Yemen off the map…Shocking video reveals PROTON BOMBARDMENT from a NEUTRON BOMB.”

 Related Topics:

Israel Stole Babies from Yemen*

Saudi Fighter Jets Break Yemen Ceasefire*

U.S. Cluster Bombs Kill Children for Decades in Laos, and Now Yemen*

Thirty Israeli, Foreign Intelligence Officers Killed in Russia’s Calibre Missile Attack in Aleppo*

U.S. has Killed over 20 Million People in 37 “Victim Nations” Since World War II*

Rothschild Crime Syndicate in Israel *

U.K. Base Used by U.S. to Kill Thousands in the Middle East*

U.S.-Israel Launch New Spy Satellite to Aid ISIS*

Israeli Hospitals Send Bodies of Terrorists back to Syria*

Israeli Colonel Caught with IS Pants Down

Uruguay Now Generates Almost 94 Percent of Its Electricity from Renewable Sources*

Uruguay Now Generates Almost 94 Percent of Its Electricity from Renewable Sources*

By Alexa Erickson

At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in Paris this past November and December, Uruguay made quite an environmentally and economically friendly statement. The South American nation announced that it receives 94.5% of its electricity from renewable sources including wind and solar. Furthermore, they’ve managed to make ends meet without utilizing government subsidies, or even affecting consumers’ wallets by raising prices.

There are a lot of reasons why people have a hard time doing things that are better for the earth and their health. From buying organic food to opting out of using fossil fuels, one of the biggest excuses is that the cost keeps them incapable of making the better choice. But this can’t be so for the 3.4 million residents of Uruguay, because the electricity prices are at an all-time low.

The naysayers might wonder about how technology or investment might play a part — two things larger economies have a hard time fathoming — but the South American country was able to make this shift without implementing any drastic measures. Of the process, Ramón Méndez, who is the National Director of Energy, explained at the conference that the components involved are simple:

“clear decision-making, a supportive regulatory environment and a strong partnership between the public and private sector.”

He continued to say that, by giving investors a secure environment, maintenance and construction costs stay low.

The formula sounds simple, and seemingly attractive. It was also achieved in just 10 years. In order to improve their carbon footprint, the windy country implemented more and more wind farms, providing foreign investors an inviting fixed state utility price over a 20-year period. Companies are lining up for it, no doubt. The country now utilizes wind energy as their main source of electricity.

The formula has permitted a great mix of renewables. Along with wind, they also utilize solar, biomass, and hydropower. The low-carbon package makes up 55% of Uruguay’s energy, including transportation fuel. Globally speaking, renewables make up a mere 12 percent.

Also announced at the summit was Uruguay’s pledge to slash carbon emission by a whopping 88% in just two years. Méndez has set his goals high, but why not? Our entire world continues to experience the repercussions of our detrimental carbon footprint, and Uruguay is simply trying to reduce their part. It’s also a financially sound system, giving countries all over the world even more reason to listen up.

“For three years we haven’t imported a single kilowatt hour,” Méndez explained.

We used to be reliant on electricity imports from Argentina, but now we export to them. Last summer, we sold a third of our power generation to them.”

This isn’t to say that things are running perfectly in the country, however. The fact is, not all sectors of Uruguay rely heavily on renewable sources. In terms of transportation, oil still reigns king, accounting for 45 percent of the total energy mix. Nonetheless, the country’s motivation and actions have implemented positive changes, and should, if anything, inspire the rest of the world to listen up and find new, planet-friendly formulas too.


Related Topics:

Rising Energy Prices, Yes – Free Energy, No = Big Profits!

Sweden Recycles 99per cent of Its Waste*

Inspiring Youth Recycle Cooking Fat into Biofuel for Hard-up Families*

Student Uses Solar Energy to Purify Water*

Largest Solar Energy Plant Killing Wildlife*

Free Energy and Tesla’s Pyramid*

How Nebraskans took Control of their Energy Grid*

Vermont, First US City to Run 100 Percent on Sustainable Energy*

Costa Rica Only Uses Renewable Energy*

Kenya’s New Wind Farm Contributing to Country’s Energy Needs*

India Permits Free Energy Technology Despite Threats from U.K., U.S., Saudi Arabia*

Rapper Opens Academy to Provide Solar Power to 600mn Africans*

India Unveils World’s First 100% Solar-Powered Airport*

African Princess Bringing Solar Power to Millions*

ISIS and Nusra Warring in East Lebanon*

ISIS and Nusra Warring in East Lebanon*
By Leith Fadel

The former Jihadist allies from the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) and Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) are now at odds with one another in eastern Lebanon after spending nearly 2 years without confronting each other inside the ‘Arsal Barrens of the Beqa’a Governorate.

On Wednesday afternoon, several fire-fights were reported between Jabhat Al-Nusra and ISIS at the villages of Wadi Hamid, Al-Zimrani, Wadi Mira, and Al-Khayl in the ‘Arsal Barrens; these clashes lasted well into the evening and forced both the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah to concentrate their forces to this mountainous region in order to make sure the fighting was not going to spread. ISIS captured several checkpoints and military posts from their former allies in the ‘Arsal Barrens, resulting in the expansion of their front-line positions to the Lebanese Army’s territory in the region.
The ISIS terrorists did not care much for civilian casualties, as they began to fire dozens of rockets into the Lebanese Army’s territory in Jaroud ‘Arsal, wounding a number of soldiers and civilians in the process. Following the exchange of rockets and mortar shells, sporadic clashes were reported between the Lebanese Army and the ISIS terrorists in Jaroud ‘Arsal, marking the first time in several months that the aforementioned terrorist group has attacked the pro-government forces.


Related Topics:

Israel’s Latest War in the Planning Eight Years*

Colour ‘Revolution’ in Lebanon: From Piles of Trash to Piles of Rubble*

Christians Join Forces with Muslim Group Hezbollah to Fight ISIS in Lebanon*

The Real Reason Holistic Doctors Are Being Killed and Vanishing!

The Real Reason Holistic Doctors Are Being Killed and Vanishing!

From Alexandra Bruce

This story has not received the coverage it deserves because everybody is scared for their lives for doing so.

I’m not even going write anything about this – the creator of this clip has done a fine job of putting together a great report on this very disturbing topic.

Related Topics:

First Bankers, now Alternative Doctors go Missing or Found Dead*

AMA Threatens Outspoken Holistic Doctors*

Five Holistic Doctors Dead and 5 More Missing*

Now 8 Doctors are Dead or Have Disappeared*

Another Doctor (Osteopath) Found Dead in Her Home*

Thirty Holistic Doctors/Practitioners Poisoned At Conference*

11th Holistic Doctor Found Dead in the Woods*

One Holistic Doctor the Feds Tried to Prevent Practising and Failed*

Murdered Holistic Doctors Discovered Autism/Cancer-Causing Enzyme Intentionally Being Added to All Vaccines*

Canada Kills Medical Freedom*

Ontario Pulls Plug on 36,000 Rural ‘Smart’ Meters*

Ontario Pulls Plug on 36,000 Rural ‘Smart’ Meters*

By Josh del Sol

Last night I watched The Big Short — maybe the most important Hollywood film in years. This true story is a powerful and eloquent invitation to wake up to the sheer depravity at the core of the system of commerce.

The fact that the film got nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture is a huge sign that there are way more people waking up than we ever thought. The wrongs may not be getting righted as quickly as we’d like, but it is happening.

The reality of this shift is clearly evidenced by this news last week from Ontario. After years of obvious problems, Hydro One finally admitted that rural ‘smart’ meters do not work, and has decided to pull the plug on 36,000 of them — to start. We will see more utilities begin to do likewise. [UPDATE: BC Hydro just announced plans to remove 88,000 meters suspected of failure.]

Costing ratepayers billions, smart meters are actually designed to unlawfully harvest detailed data of the in-home activities of occupants without their knowledge or consent.

As reported by the National Post:

““Astonishing,” was the reaction from Lanark-area MPP Randy Hillier, who has been deluged with complaints about Hydro One billing and smart-meter suspicions.

“I’ve been banging my head against the wall for the last five years, saying we’ve got problems with smart meters in rural Ontario.” Since first being elected in 2007, no single issue has attracted as much attention in his riding, he said.”

This comes after more than 10,000 complaints to the Ontario Ombudsman, and a scathing report from the Auditor General of Ontario, calling out the smart metering program as a total flop.

Hydro One was the first major utility in Canada to deploy so-called ‘smart’ meters upon an unsuspecting customer base. The price tag for rollout, paid for by the people of Ontario, was $2 billion — which was $900M over budget.

Go Green, or Go Greed?

For those new to this topic, here’s the skinny. Smart utility meters are being deployed worldwide under the banner of climate action.

But they typically increase energy usage, and a high-level industry executive has admitted that the data collected by the surreptitious devices will be worth “a lot more” than the electricity itself.

Portland State University recently published a brilliant report on the morally-bankrupt surveillance agenda behind smart meters.

The industry-gutting report is titled “The Neoliberal Politics of ‘Smart’: Electricity Consumption, Household Monitoring, and the Enterprise Form,” and excerpts can be read at Smart Grid Awareness here.

Customers are not being informed how their constitutional rights are being violated for the purposes of a for-profit home surveillance network.

Nor how this technology has caused thousands of fires which have resulted in several deaths. Nor how our bodies are being affected by pulsed microwave radiation exponentially stronger than cell phones, as shown in Take Back Your Power.

If there wasn’t an avalanche of facts to back all of this up, it might sound too unbelievable to be true. But we live in strange times.

We Can Handle the Truth

Just like the banking system, the energy system has likewise become rotten to the core. To change both will require a complete overhaul and the embrace of a challenge to our comfort zone.

It is both harrowing and exciting for one to discover that there are major societal programs which are simply manufactured lies fueled by the idea of lack. That there’s not enough energy, food, resources, money.

In reality, there is enough for all life to survive — and to thrive. It is provable fact that these truths have been suppressed.

Case in point: a 1971 de-classified U.S. Army briefing actually calls for the secretization of solar technology which has greater than 20% efficiency (see page 14). This was back in 1971! And, of course, it’s in the name of national security and property interests.

Meanwhile, the energy mafia in Nevada just decreed a 40% fee hike for solar-producing customers, while reducing the amount paid for excess power sold to the grid, effectively killing the solar industry there.

There is a war on energy. When we understand the level of corruption involved, the implications are enormous. And we must act to solve this problem.

I believe that the suppression of solutions is a dam ready to burst. And I’m optimistic of our passing through this dark night successfully, as we are learning to connect and serve the higher good. There is really no other choice.


Related Topics:

Conned into Smart Meters, Conned out of Your Health

Citizens of Dominican Republic Disconnect and Return Smart Meters*

Smart Grid Deployment Across the U.S.*

Europe’s ‘Smart Borders’*

U.K. to Blanket City Streets with Wi-Fi via “Smart Pavement”*

Secret Features Hidden in Your Smart TV*

U.K.’s Poverty, Food and Flood Victims*

U.K.’s Poverty, Food and Flood Victims*

A case of eugenics!?

By Jon Danzig

The British government has turned down millions of pounds of E.U. funding to help those affected by flooding and lack of food.

Streets have been flooded in coastal areas as high spring tides and gale force winds swept in from the Atlantic. Hundreds of homes were evacuated and residents in other areas were warned to keep a bag packed in case they had to leave their homes at short notice. Above, Telegraph photographer Paul Grover captures the moment a huge wave crashes into the sea wall at Ilfracombe, North Devon.

Hundreds of thousands across the U.K. are so poor that they are having to rely on charitable food banks to stave off hunger.

The EU parliament agreed to provide aid for those suffering extreme poverty in the E.U. The EU offered up to £22 million to help subsidise Britain’s food banks, but the money was blocked by the U.K. government.

Telegraph reader Malcolm Richards emailed in his photo of storm damage to the harbour wall and road in Amroth, Pembrokeshire.

Food-bank use in Britain is at record levels, with the Trussell Trust charity running over 400 food banks across the country. More than one million food parcels, each providing enough food for three days, were given out between 2014 and 2015, more than 400,000 of which went to children.

Residents of Ballater, Aberdeenshire, clear their homes of damaged belongings after the river Dee burst its banks on 5 January. Photograph: Mark Runnacle

Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK. According to the Trussell Trust, 1 in 5 mums in Britain regularly skip meals to feed their children.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, urged the Prime Minister to reverse the decision to reject E.U. funds for food banks, but to no avail.

British government officials explained that the government rejected the E.U. funding for food banks because it considers that member states are best placed to take charge of such funding.

The Department of Work and Pensions commented that the government was not saying no to the money but, rather, “no to Europe about how it should be spent.”

David Cameron’s official spokesman said the issue is whether the U.K. should be in charge of the funds that are spent in the U.K.

Cumbrian Floods. Carlisle, Cumbria, UK. 13th December 2015. Flood damaged property outside flooded houses. Flooding caused by Storm Desmond. © Andrew Findlay/Alamy Live News

“This Government believes that it should be, and that it should not be the European Commission and other European institutions that tell us how to spend funds spent in the UK.”

Mr Cameron’s government has welcomed food banks, describing them as an “excellent example” of active citizenship.

By the same principle, the British government has also not applied for EU funding to help the many thousands in Britain who have lost their homes and businesses because of wide-spread flooding following record-levels of rain fall.

E.U. member states are entitled to apply for money from the EU Solidarity Fund when a natural disaster causes substantial damage, calculated as a percentage of Gross National Income.  In the U.K’s case, this would be a natural disaster causing damage in excess of  3 billion euros.  An application to the emergency fund must be made within 12 weeks of the commencement of the disaster.


The governments of Bulgaria, Italy and Romania accessed a total of €66.5 million (£48m) from the fund following recent severe flooding in those countries.

According to accountants, KPMG, the cost of the U.K. floods has so far topped £5 billion, which is roughly €6.8 billion, so Britain is entitled to apply for the EU emergency help.

But so far, the U.K. government has refused to accept any E.U. support for Britain’s flood victims, just as it has rejected available EU support for those in Britain too poor to buy enough food.

Labour MEPs have written to the Prime Minister urging his government to apply immediately for E.U. funding to help the communities hit by flooding.

In the letter, the MEPs pointed out to Mr Cameron that when, in 2014, the South West of England was hit with similar flooding, “the U.K. government failed to draw down on vital European Union funding, leaving people in that area without extra financial support to rebuild their lives.”

Continued the letter:

“We would like to ask you to make sure this situation is not repeated, and that this time the U.K. government makes use of the resources at its disposal and applies for full E.U. support.”

Last month Labour MP, Jamie Read, asked the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, if his department would apply for E.U. funding to support communities affected by flooding. But Mr Hammond replied that more time would be required to provide an answer.

Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for south-east England, said that E.U. officials told her that the U.K. government could apply for £125m in grants for flood victims, 10% of which could be available within six weeks.

She told The Guardian,

“It is baffling that the government has still not applied for E.U. solidarity funding. Millions of pounds could be made available within weeks to help pay for cleanup costs and the rebuilding of vital infrastructure. The Conservatives must not deprive flood-hit communities of desperately needed funds.”

E.U. commissioner Corina Creţu said she was surprised that Britain had not yet applied for any E.U. help for the floods in Britain.

Back in the summer of 2007 the then Labour government had no qualms in applying to the European Union Solidarity Fund for support and subsequently received £134 million to help deal with the flood crisis that year which also caused billions of pounds of damage.

Flooding on the River Irwell

As reported then by the BBC:

“The E.U. Solidarity Fund is particularly aimed at helping countries cope with the uninsurable costs of natural disasters, such as cleaning up and restoring infrastructure.”

At the time, the Conservative opposition welcomed the Labour government’s decision to appeal for European funds, but said Britain should have applied earlier.

But now that they are in government, it appears that the Conservatives prefer not to apply for E.U. help at all, even though such support is clearly needed by people suffering right now.

Is it because the current government, whose MPs and many of its Cabinet appear to be predominantly Euro-sceptic, is too proud to ask for E.U. help?

If so, such pride is needlessly hurting many ordinary, every-day people in Britain who tonight are homeless because of severe flooding, and/or don’t have enough money to properly feed themselves or their families.

In his Christmas message last month, the Prime Minister said, “giving, sharing and taking care of others” was something Britain could be proud of. And he urged the public to “think about those in need” over the festive period.

Isn’t it time for the Prime Minister to practice what he preaches?


Related Topics:

Britain’s Hunger Crisis Sparks First Student-Led Food Bank*

Food Poverty in the U.K. Causing Soar in ‘Victorian’ Illnesses*

In 10 Months, This Cafe Has Fed 10,000 People with 20 Tons of Unwanted Food*

93k UK Children Go Hungry*

Birmingham Mosque’s Open’s Christmas Soup Kitchen*

U.K. Going through an Earth Shift*

Big Bank Food Speculation: U.K. Blocks Move to End Rising Prices*

Australia the Police State*

Australia the Police State*

By Melissa Dykes

Australian politician and independent federal member for Denison Andrew Damien Wilkie warned parliament that Australia is becoming a police state.

Wilkie then listed the 10 attributes of this police state:

  1. Surveillance of all electronic devices including phone calls SMS Email, SM and metadata will be stored and accessed without a warrant.
  2. Manipulation of the media, bullying techniques used by ministers against media.
  3. Manipulation of judiciary.
  4. Ludicrous level of secrecy especially in regard to irregular immigration or asylum seekers.
  5. Arrests for pre-crime, merely upon suspicion someone may do something in the future.
  6. People in Australia can be incarcerated indefinitely without trial.
  7. Disregard to international agreements and international laws that Australian Governments including ignoring their own statutes have signed off on (eg. The Rights of the Child and The Refugee Convention).
  8. Parliament is forbidden to debate upon important decisions such as the government secretly deciding to declare war on Syria. No debate, no vote by Australian representatives.
  9. Government safeguard mechanisms bullied and disregarded if they get in the government’s way (eg. the mistreatment on the human rights commissioner recently).
  10. Security agencies acting beyond their legal power, Border Patrol going beyond legal powers (no one lost their jobs, no one was held to account).


Does any of this sound familiar, America?


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Australia Discontinues Services to the People Whose Land It Took*

Australia Bans Children who Refuse Vaccination from Attending Kindergarten*

Australia Unleashes Mass Spying*

Australia Pre-Drugging Kids and Psychosis Risk Syndrome*

A Global Paedophile Ring Busted from Australia*

Australia Still Stealing Indigenous Children*

Australia has Stolen $360 million from Dipping into Personal Accounts*

Putting Australia under Raps*

Right on Cue: Australia Like Canada’s False ISIS Flag Brings in NWO Laws*

Fifteen Indigenous Rights Victories in 2015*

Fifteen Indigenous Rights Victories in 2015*

By John Ahni Schertow

Good news. Sometimes, it comes in the form of a cancelled hydro dam that spares 20,000 people from the burden of displacement. Other times, it takes the shape of a simple court admission that Indigenous Peoples do actually make the best conservationists.

In this day in age such stories are incredibly rare. They are even more difficult to find amidst the constant deluge of media that doesn’t matter. That makes them all the more valuable.

Indigenous rights victories give us all pause to celebrate, to reflect and to rejuvenate our own quests for justice.

May we encounter 10,000 more victories just like these in 2016!

  1. Justice for the Ogoni

Alali Efanga & Chief Fidelis Oguru from Oruma, two plaintiffs in the Dutch court case against Shell. (Photo: Milieudefensie/flickr)

In a landmark decision last week, the Dutch Court of Appeals ruled that four Ogoni farmers from Nigeria can take their case against Shell to a judge in the Netherlands. Alali Efanga, one of the Ogoni farmers who, along with Friends of the Earth Netherlands, brought the case against Shell, said the ruling “offers hope that Shell will finally begin to restore the soil around my village so that I will once again be able to take up farming and fishing on my own land.

The ruling by the Court of Appeals overturns a 2013 decision in favour of Shell, who, in another big hit to the multinational oil giant, agreed to clean up two massive oil spills in the Ogoni community of Bodo following a three-year legal battle in London.

  1. Wampis Autonomy

The Wampis nation, who made international headlines in 2009 when they stood up to the government of Peru alongside their brethren the Awajun, took an unprecedented step forward by establishing the first Autonomous Indigenous Government in Peru’s history. Spanning a 1.3 million hectare territory – a region the size of the State of Connecticut – the newly created democratically-elected government brings together 100 Wampis communities representing some 10,613 people.

Speaking of the challenges that the Wampis Nation will now face, the newly elected Pamuk (first President) Wrays Pérez Ramirez, told Intercontinental Cry by phone: “We know that it will be difficult to get the National Government to support us and recognize our territory. It will seem unacceptable to the Government to have to consult us regarding any activity that could affect our territory. We know that it is going to be hard work but we are prepared. We are not going to stay silent not least when we have legal backing from national and international legislation regarding our right to self-determination and free, prior and informed consent. It will be difficult, but not impossible.”

  1. Protected Lands

Members of ACIYA Indigenous organization (Fundacion Gaia Amazonas, 2014)

After five years of legal contests and what felt like a lifetime of uncertainty, Colombia’s Constitutional Court confirmed that Yaigojé Apaporis, an indigenous resguardo (a legally recognized, collectively owned territory), has legitimate status as a national park.

Comprising a million hectares of the Northwestern Colombian Amazon, the pristine forest region of Yaigojé Apaporis is home to numerous endangered species including the giant anteater, jaguar, manatee and pink river dolphin. It is also home to the Makuna, Tanimuka, Letuama, Barasano, Cabiyari, Yahuna and Yujup-Maku Indigenous Peoples, who share a common cosmological system and rich shamanistic traditions. Together these populations act as Yaigojé’s guardians, a role that was strengthened in 1988 when they successfully established the Yaigojé Apaporis resguardo over their traditional territory.

In the late 2000s Canadian mining multinational Cosigo Resources started trying to exploit a legal loophole in Colombia that would let them mine for gold inside the resguardo. The Constitutional Court’s decision brought a welcomed end to that dishonest effort.

  1. Indigenous Passports

On October 12, 2015, the day of Indigenous Resistance, Kichwa lawyer Carlos Pérez Guartambel entered Ecuador with a Kichwa passport, sending out a clear reminder to the international community that indigenous nations are not simply “bands” or informal groups whose rights stem from the good graces of U.N. member states, but actual nations.

Ecuador’s immigration authorities did not know what to do. After 30 minutes of hesitation, they decided to accept the Kichwa passport as a form of ID, stamped Guartambel’s immigration card (not the passport) and allowed him to enter Ecuador. Within a few hours, however, Ecuadoran state officials reversed themselves and denied the validity of the Kichwa passport. This can be seen in a video released by the Department of Immigration in the Ministry of the Interior. Minister Serrano ridiculed the Kichwa passport as a “fantasy” on Twitter, posting a montage of the Kichwa passport with the portrait of a cartoon character.

Later that afternoon, the Council of Government of ECUARUNARI, an organization founded in 1972 by 18 Indigenous Peoples and representing 14 different nationalities, met in Quito to distribute over 300 passports, including one to Salvador Quishpe, the Governor of the Amazon Province of Morona-Chinchipe. During the passport ceremony, the Kichwa leadership insisted that Indigenous passports were as valid as ancestral medicine, inter-cultural education, and Indigenous justice–all recognized in Ecuador.

  1. “Not Guilty”

Not Guilty (Photo: Ruben Curricoy Nañko)

After more than three years of preparation, an Argentinian court vindicated three Mapuche land rights defenders in a first-of-its kind inter-cultural trial.

The case began in the Mapuche community of Winkel Newen on December 28, 2012, when Officer of the Court Veronia Pelayes, representatives of the Apache Oil Company and a contingent of police arrived with an eviction notification. The community defended itself by throwing stones, one of which hit and injured Pelayes and damaged a vehicle. It was this incident that lead to an accusation of “attempted homicide” against Relmu Ñamku and charges of “serious damages” for Mauricio Rain and Martin Velasquez Maliqueo. In the case of Ñamku, the public prosecutor called for a 15-year prison sentence — disproportionate given that eight years is the norm for manslaughter cases.

“The public prosecutor and oil companies in Zapala had a clear political intention with this trial, for it to be an ‘exemplary punishment’ to intimidate and discipline other indigenous communities who defend their rights against the advance of oil exploitation in their territories,” said writer Maristella Svampa and law professor Roberto Gargarella.

Their attempt failed and instead this historic trial marks an important step in curbing attempts to criminalize indigenous leaders defending their territory.

  1. What’s In A Name?

Mount Denali formerly Mount McKinley originally Mount Denali

The highest mountain in the United States recovered its original indigenous name, Mount Denali, for all official purposes, after a decades-long dispute. The name “Denali” has its origin in the language of the Koyukon people, who inhabit the area north of the summit. In the Koyukon language, “Denali” means “the tall one.” The 6,168-metre high mountain was officially known until now at federal level as Mount McKinley, in honour of an American president assassinated in 1901.

It is hoped that the U.S. government will restore the indigenous names of other monuments, parks and places including Devil’s Tower, the Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Rainier to name a few.

  1. Biocultural Rights

Sacred site custodians from Bale Ethiopia. (Photo: Tamara Korur)

Indigenous custodians from Benin, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia issued a challenge for the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to protect sacred sites, governance systems and custodians in a ‘decisive policy and legislative response’ to the new scramble for Africa and its impact on Indigenous territories.

In their statement, the custodians describe the centrality of sacred sites to their existence, writing that “Sacred natural sites are where we come from, the heart of life. They are our roots and our inspiration. We cannot live without our sacred natural sites, and we are responsible for protecting them.”

“We are deeply concerned about our Earth because she is suffering from increasing destruction despite all the discussions, international meetings, facts and figures and warning signs from Earth… the future of our children and the children of all the species of Earth are threatened. When this last generation of elders dies, we will lose the memory of how to live respectfully on the planet, if we do not learn from them now,” say the custodians.

  1. Two Centuries in The Making

Nearly 300 Poqomchi’ Maya families that make up the Primavera communities in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz won a significant victory after negotiating a settlement with the Guatemalan Minister of the Interior, the Secretary of Agrarian Affairs, and representatives from Maderas Filips Dias/Eco-Tierra, a logging business that was seeking to harvest the land’s forests.

“This is a major victory, especially under these conditions of corruption,” said Rony Morales from the Union of Veracruz Campesino Organizations (UVOC), which worked closely with the communities to obtain this victory.

The fact [that] a community can finally win their land at no cost to the community is very important. For the other indigenous communities in San Cristobal Verapaz and the valley [of] Polochic that are in this same process, they have found hope in this victory.”

The Maya families struggled for over two centuries for the rights to their land, which was privately held for years as the Finca Primavera. They faced intimidation, nearly 25 assassinations, and over 50 arrest orders in response to their claims on the land.

  1. Bye Bye Herakles

A group of Women from the Fabe village, threatened by Herakles’ oil palm project

Herakles Farms, a New York based investment firm and the parent company of SG Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SGSOC) formally abandoned its plan to establish oil palm plantations astride the Iconic Korup National Park and Rumpi Hills Forest Reserve in Cameroon.

Supported by an “eco-friendly” non-profit owned by Bruce Wrobel, former Managing Director of Sithe Global and Founder of Herakles Capital Corporation, the oil palm project would have brought disastrous pollution resulting from pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides and sewage disposal; adversely affecting the health of animals in the Korup Park that depend on the water.

The project would have also degraded the livelihoods of the Baka, Bakola, Bedzang and Bagyeli –so-called ‘Pygmy’ peoples–who are are heavily dependent on the region for subsistence.

  1. The Land Is Ours

After 18 years of continuous struggle, the Enxet Sur Indigenous community of Yexwase Yet finally received legal title to 10,030 hectares of their ancestral land in the Chaco region of Paraguay.

The hard-fought victory was tested just a few weeks after the President of Paraguay handed the title over to the community. A retired Paraguayan football star and his family attempted to move on to part of the 10,030 hectares claiming he had recently purchased it to build a cattle ranch estate.

“We called the police and the State prosecutor immediately and they told the footballer to leave, that he had no right to be there,“ Gabriel Fernandez, one of the leaders of Yexwase Yet, told Intercontinental Cry.

“For once it was someone else being evicted. Now the land is really ours.”

  1. Nuclear Waste Free

After a four-year, hard-fought campaign to keep the province of Saskatchewan free of nuclear waste, last Spring, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) announced that Creighton was no longer a contender in the organization’s sitting process. It was the last of three Saskatchewan communities in the running to host a deep geological repository for the long term storage of spent fuel bundles from Canada’s nuclear reactors in Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick.

“This announcement is the culmination of four years of research, sacrifice, networking and hard work by a group of dedicated people with one goal: to keep nuclear waste out of Saskatchewan,” said Candyce Paul, a founding member of the Committee for Future Generations.

The powerful Nuclear Waste Management Organization with all their money and all their experts could not beat back the duty we have to protect our future generations,” said Paul.

  1. Mauna Kea

The Hawaii state Supreme Court invalidated the permit allowing construction of the hugely controversial Thirty Meter Telescope atop the sacred mountain known as Mauna Kea.

The court said the state Board of Land and Natural Resources erred when it issued the permit before a contested case hearing was held for the $1.4 billion project.

The struggle to defend Mauna Kea, however, doesn’t end there. Officials behind the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) have said that they are now considering their next steps. Indigenous activists and allies, meanwhile, patiently wait for them to make their move.

  1. Pulling Anchor

Cermaq, the Norwegian-based salmon farming company (that was recently purchased by the Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi) pulled anchor on a new salmon farm inside Ahousaht territory north of Tofino in British Columbia.

Soon after dropping anchor on the salmon farm a group of five Ahousaht men stepped forward to tell Cermaq to get lost, vowing that they would risk arrest rather than see another salmon farm in their territory.

Ever since salmon farms started appearing on Ahousaht lands in 1999, the Ahousaht have observed an alarming decline in shellfish, salmon and herring populations. Aware of this, the group of activists, who came to be known as the Yaakswiis warriors, stated that the Cermaq salmon farm was not legal because the Ahousaht people had not been consulted, nor did they provide their consent.

Warriors for Yaakswiis during blockade of fish farm near Ahousaht, Sept 2015.

  1. Baram Dam Shelved

After maintaining a blockade for two straight years, Indigenous Peoples in Sarawak, Malaysia can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The Sarawak government decided to shelve the controversial Baram hydroelectric dam.

Commenting on the surprising move, Sarawak’s Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem stated that they decided to put the dam on hold out of respect for the views of the affected communities, adding:

“If you don’t want the dam, fine. We will respect your decision.”

Had the project gone ahead, it would have flooded 20,000 Indigenous men, women and children from their homes.


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