Leaked Zionist strategy Paper to counter BDS – MUST READ!

11 March, 2010 — Palestine Think Tank

An example of changing the context of the issue by appealing to emotions and creating a brand new narrative

[Here is a leaked copy of the Zionist plan to attack the Boycott and Divestment Campaign Against Israel’s Occupation and the strategy to shut down the debate on the Palestinian issue and to shift discussion to ‘anti-Semitism’ and not Israel’s illegal Occuption and illegal settlements and human rights violations. (thanks to the various people who supplied this material).]

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Presentations given during Barcelona session of Russell Tribunal on Palestine

11 March, 2010

Some of the presentations made by experts-witnesses in Barcelona are now available online.

In English: http://www.facebook.com/l/3e2d0;www.russelltribunalonpalestine.org/ext/http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.net/

In French: http://www.facebook.com/l/3e2d0;www.russelltribunalonpalestine.org/article-presentations-experts-session-de-barcelone-du-trp-46478085.html

Study exposes massive outsourcing of emissions by rich countries By Bryan Walsh

9 March, 2010 — Climate and CapitalismTime Magazine

New study reveals scale of ‘outsourced emissions’ Around a third of industrialised countries carbon emissions are exported to developing nations

Popularly, China is a villain in climate change. Many people who attended last year’s chaotic U.N. climate-change talks in Copenhagen — especially those who belonged to the U.S. delegation — singled out China as the main reason the summit nearly collapsed. Chinese diplomats fought hard against any form of emissions regulation, even though their country is now the world’s No. 1 national carbon emitter, and will emit far more carbon in the future than any other. In Washington, opponents of carbon cap-and-trade also point to China, which is unlikely to take on a carbon cap of its own, and wonder why the U.S. should have to restrain its emissions. (See pictures of Beijing trying to improve its air quality.)

But a new study published in the March 8 edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows that the carbon equation isn’t as straightforward as we might think. Scientists at the Carnegie Institution of Washington at Stanford University synthesized carbon emissions and trade patterns and found that more than one-third of CO2 emissions related to the consumption of goods and services in developed countries are actually emitted outside their national borders. Rich nations are essentially outsourcing some of their carbon emissions to developing nations through global trade —by importing goods and services from abroad — thereby shrinking their carbon footprints while inflating those of major exporting nations like China. ‘It’s surprising just how much this effect is driven by the U.S. and China,’ says Steven Davis, an ecologist at the Carnegie Institution and the lead author of the PNAS paper. ‘It is significant.’

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Haiti and the Aid Racket: How NGOs are Profiting Off a Grave Situation By ASHLEY SMITH

24 February, 2010 — Counterpunch

It’s now more than a month since the earthquake that laid waste to Port-au-Prince, killing more than 200,000 people and thrusting millions of people into the most desperate conditions.

But according to the U.S. government, Haitians have a lot to be thankful for.

On February 12, the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Ken Merten boasted, “In terms of humanitarian aid delivery…frankly, it’s working really well, and I believe that this will be something that people will be able to look back on in the future as a model for how we’ve been able to sort ourselves out as donors on the ground and responding to an earthquake.”

Bill Quigley, the legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights, had a simple response to Merten’s claim: “What? Haiti is a model of how the international government and donor community should respond to an earthquake? The ambassador must be overworked and need some R&R. Look at the facts.”

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