Archive for April 10th, 2015

10/04/2015

'Shell's trying to silence your voice on Arctic drilling…'

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ben Ayliffe* “If somebody not from your country commits a crime against somebody not from your country in another country, should the courts in your country have any jurisdiction over the issue?”

Banner on Polar Pioneer with 6 million signatures to #SaveTheArctic 04/09/2015 © Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace

Source: Greenpeace

With remarkable prescience, this question was posed by Shell’s own Legal Director back in 2012.

Remarkable because it’s pretty much what that very same company is now attempting to try and stifle the voices of millions of people who’ve spoken out and taken action against Arctic drilling.

Shell is asking the courts in Alaska to issue a draconian injunction against Greenpeace USA to force #TheCrossing to stop by getting our activists off the rig.

The company is so worried about the global media storm that erupted when Zoe, Miriam, Andreas et al scaled the Polar Pioneer rig to expose Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic this summer, it’s taken the time-honoured step of getting a legal sledge hammer to smash dissent.

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10/04/2015

The ‘Killer Robots’ Accountability Gap

10/04/2015

War on Yemen: Where Oil and Geopolitics Mix

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya*
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The House of Saud and a military coalition that consists mostly of anachronistic monarchies are claiming to bomb Yemen as a means of saving the Yemenite people and their transition to democracy.

The irony should not be lost on observers that recognize that the Saudi-led coalition — consisting of the Kingdom of Morocco, the UAE, Kuwait, Kingdom of Bahrain, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Qatar, Pakistan, Egypt, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia itself — is comprised of an unhealthy mixture of backward family dictatorships and corrupt governments that essentially are the antithesis of democracy.

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10/04/2015

Four Reasons the Crisis in Yemen Is So Dire

Human Wrongs Watch

By Joe Dyke*

BEIRUT, 9 April 2015 (IRIN) – Warnings about the scale of the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Yemen are becoming graver with each passing day.

On Wednesday [8 April 2015], United Nations Special Rapporteur Chaloka Beyani predicted “massive displacement and humanitarian crisis,” and said: “The international community must prepare for a worst-case scenario.”

The following day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that countless civilians were being “willfully abandoned to misery.” Here are four reasons why the plight of civilians in Yemen is so severe:

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