Which Countries Live Within Their (Ecological) Means?

by MR Online Editors

MR Online | May 08, 2017

Measuring National Ecological Consumption

In 1970, people first used more environmental resources than the world could produce.

The gap between demand and nature’s ability to meet that demand has grown steadily since then. Each year we live in ecological deficit–taking more than can be replenished–we draw down the world’s reserves of natural resources. Ensuring we don’t use up the world’s resources is a global effort, though some countries use up more resources than others.Read More »

Venezuela Government Accuses U.S. of Bankrolling Right-Wing Violence

 TelesurMay 11, 2017

A Venezuelan opposition protester wears a U.S. flag bandanna around his face.

A Venezuelan opposition protester wears a U.S. flag bandanna around his face. | Photo: Reuters

The Venezuelan government accused Washington Thursday of financially propping up violent opposition groups in the South American country, slamming U.S. officials for promoting an “unprecedented and systematic attempt” to intervene in Caracas’ affairs.

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Urgent Appeal by Sudhir Vombatkere: Urgent Appeal For Social Justice In The Narmada River Valley

Frontier | May 12, 2017

Maj Gen S.G.Vombatkere, VSM (Retd) <sg9kere@live.com>;
475, 7th Main Road
Vijayanagar 1st Stage
Mysuru-570017; Karnataka

Hon’ble Mr. Justice Madan Lokur
Presiding Judge, Social Justice Bench
Hon’ble Supreme Court of India
New Delhi

ADVANCE COPY BY E-MAIL TO: <supremecourt@nic.in>; <supremecourt@hub.nic.in>;

Subject: Urgent Appeal For Social Justice In The Narmada River Valley

Hon’ble Sir,

Respectful Greetings from an ordinary citizen of our Republic!

I have traveled in the valley of the Narmada River and observed at first hand, how the people, mostly Adivasis and Dalits, have been displaced from their homes and lands and livelihoods by an uncaring and corrupt bureaucracy. Whatever little relief that a small percentage of the Project Affected Families (PAFs) have received has been only at the hands of the Judiciary.Read More »

People of Narmada Valley created 10 Km long Human Chain against any decision to close the dam gates

Without complete rehabilitation, closing of dam gates is unacceptable

Press Release: NAPM, Badwani, 8 May 2017

Frontier | May 09, 2017

Thousands of people from Narmada valley, to be affected by Sardar Sarovar Project created a Human Chain on the borders of living village communities and on the banks of the river, protesting against any decision to close the dam gates.

The Dam, now having reached the height of 139 meters with gates erected but not yet closed will submerge 244 villages from 3 states; 192 villages from 1 township from Madhya Pradesh. With 31 years struggle 15,000 families are rehabilitated but least in Madhya Pradesh and 40,000 and more families live in the original villages. Today, 5000 of them, women, men, children, farmers, fishermen, potterers and labours came on the streets and formed a human chain.

People after 3 years in hottest sun, blocked the Rajghat Bridge on the river, holding a public meeting. Blue flags and banners, the people have challenged the Governments, especially MP and the centre, that they can’t drown and destroy their life and livelihood. In total violation of law and the past as well as the latest order of the Supreme Court.Read More »

Western Sahara: Seizure of a cargo of phosphate rock destined for New Zealand

POLISARIO Front | May 04, 2017

Australia Western Sahara Association

The Saharawi people and their representative organizations, including the democratically elected SADR government, have long protested the illegal mining and export of high quality phosphate rock from an area of Western Sahara which has been under armed occupation by Morocco since 1975.  The trade has continued despite the commitment of the United Nations in 1991 to ensure for the people of Western Sahara a self-determination process, something otherwise achieved throughout Africa.

Bir Lehlu, Western Sahara (4 May 2017). The government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (the SADR) and the Saharawi national liberation movement, the Polisario Front, announced that they have secured through legal means in South Africa the interception and detention of a shipment of phosphate mineral rock exported from Western Sahara which had been destined for a New Zealand importer.

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Artificial intelligence: Socioeconomic, political and ethical dimensions

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