Archive for February 15th, 2021

15/02/2021

Why Victoria Nuland Is Dangerous and Should Not Be Confirmed

Human Wrongs Watch

By Rick Sterling – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Victoria Nuland exemplifies the neocons who have led US foreign policy from one disaster to another for the past 30 years while evading accountability. It is a bad sign that President Joe Biden has nominated Victoria Nuland for the third highest position at the State Department, Under Secretary for Political Affairs.

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Rick Sterling

As a top-level appointee, Victoria Nuland must be confirmed by the US Senate.  There is a campaign to Stop her confirmation.

The following review of her work shows why Victoria Nuland is incompetent, highly dangerous and should not be confirmed.

Afghanistan and Iraq

From 2000 to 2003, Nuland was US permanent representative to NATO as the Bush administration attacked then invaded Afghanistan. The Afghan government offered to work with the US remove Al Qaeda, but this was rejected.

After Al Qaeda was defeated, the US could have left Afghanistan but instead stayed, established semi-permanent bases, split the country, and is still fighting there two decades later.

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15/02/2021

Biden and Africa. What Now?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Hilde F. Johnson, Norway’s Former Minister of International Development*

This is certainly not the time to leave the region to its own devices

The Horn of Africa is the playground for the rising aspirations of several geopolitical actors
The Horn of Africa is the playground for the rising aspirations of several geopolitical actors | Image from Wall Street International.

15 February 2021 (Wall Street International)*The Trump administration left a vacuum in many parts of Africa. This had consequences. When the US retreats, others come in and occupy the space. China has gone full speed ahead with the Belt and Road initiative, massively investing in many African countries, nurturing new friendships. The Gulf States have used the opportunity to approach new allies on the African continent, in a battle for hegemony in the Middle East and beyond.

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15/02/2021

Remember the Norilsk Oil Spill? Well, the Polluters Will Pay

What happened?

On May 29, 2020 over 20 thousand tons of diesel leaked into the water and soil from a storage tank owned by Norilsk Nickel near Norilsk, turning the Ambarnaya River red. According to official data, the oil spill in Norilsk is the largest ever in the polar Arctic. Norilsk Nickel were taken to a local court for the damage by the Rosprirodnadzor (the Federal Service for the Supervision of Natural Resources), a regulator which is part of the Ministry of Natural Resources in Russia.

© Anonymous / Greenpeace

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15/02/2021

Indigenous Peoples Improvise a COVID-19 Hospital in Manaus

This Brazilian facility operates at a church and with donations of oxygen cylinders and other medical supplies.

Health volunteers at the Support Unit, Parque das Tribos, Manaus, Brazil, Jan. 22, 2021.Health volunteers at the Support Unit, Parque das Tribos, Manaus, Brazil, Jan. 22, 2021. | Photo: Twitter/ @GreenpeaceBR

13 February 2021 (teleSUR)* — In response to the inefficiency of the Brazilian authorities, the residents of the Manaus neighborhood “Tribes Park” (Parque das Tribos) set up their “Support Unit” (SU), a rudimentary field hospital to treat COVID-19 patients.

Despite the high number of COVID-19 cases, they are not being treated directly by the Special Secretariat for Indigenous Health (SESAI) because they reside in an urban area.

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15/02/2021

Renewable Energies in Colombia: All that Glitters Is Not Gold

Human Wrongs Watch

The struggle against climate change can be neutralized by the circumstances and conditions under which the clean energy transition is carried out. The behaviour of wind-energy companies in La Guajira, the territory of the Wayuu indigenous people, serves as an illustrative example.

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15/02/2021

‘Unacceptable’ Violence, Intimidation and Harassment in Myanmar – UN Chief 

Human Wrongs Watch

14 February 2021 (UN News)*An increased use of force and the reported deployment of armoured vehicles to major cities throughout Myanmar have sparked the deep concern of UN Secretary-General António Guterres. 

Unsplash/Alexander Schimmeck | Dusk approaches in Yangon, Myanmar.
In a statement issued on Sunday [14 February 2021] by his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, the UN chief called on the military and police of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to ensure that the right of peaceful assembly is “fully respected” and demonstrators are “not subjected to reprisals”. 

“Reports of continued violence, intimidation and harassment by security personnel are unacceptable”, he spelled out. 

The unfolding situation follows a military takeover on 1 February.

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