Poverty, Greed, and Unintended Harm – Costa Rica Enforces Green Justice | Inter Press Service

As well as inspecting specific cases, the TAA carries out “environmental sweeps,” their term for inspection tours lasting several days, with the purpose of putting a stop to ecological damage in a given territory.

The TAA has already halted 200 real estate projects on the Pacific coast and 40 on the Atlantic coast since the sweeps started in 2008, its president said.

But the “bad guys” do not give up. Only days after Sánchez’s inspection trip, another group of lawyers, experts and judges visited mangrove swamps in Puntarenas, in the Central Pacific region, 80 kilometres east of the provincial capital, to investigate another complaint.

They found a scene of devastation: 25 hectares of mangrove had been reduced to ashes by invaders who were already planting maize and sugarcane.

“They go on and on, and if we let them they would devour the whole zone. They burn down the mangroves and use the land for farming,” forest biologist Alexis Madrigal, the coordinator of TAA’s technical department, told IPS at the scene.

via Costa Rica Enforces Green Justice | Inter Press Service.

Neo-Nazis in Barcelona: WATCH: Viral video of racist beating ‘Chinese guy’ on Barcelona metro: Shanghaiist

Passengers intervene, dragging the aggressor away.

The video was reportedly first uploaded to the Twitter account of the man who shot the video, which displayed Nazi motifs and the slogan: “Always a patriot, white Europe.” It was later taken down.

The same camera man, who was reportedly in cahoots with the aggressor, tweeted: “The Chinese guy insulted us and the Russian (attacker) made him shut up.”

Another tweet read: “@6sonya said that he (the victim) said to us we weren’t Chinese and was giving us filthy looks.”

Thankfully, most of the reactions were sympathetic to the victim. Said Barcelona city hall: “We want to make it clear that attitudes like this are not acceptable in our city.”

via WATCH: Viral video of racist beating ‘Chinese guy’ on Barcelona metro: Shanghaiist.

5 Superhuman Ways to Crush Anxiety. | Rebelle Society

It is counterintuitive to our conditioned thinking of more, more, more to believe that the most important gift we can give ourselves is to kick some things to the MF curb. What does this have to do with anxiety? Anxiety arises anytime you are not living your truth.

The second you deviate from your authenticity, you will be notified by your bodily experience and the Universe (God of your understanding). For some, this is a full-fledged panic attack. For others, face-first-diving into an entire pan of brownies. Or a bottle of tequila. Or both.

via 5 Superhuman Ways to Crush Anxiety. | Rebelle Society.

Time for the emperors-in-waiting who run Facebook to just admit they’re evil | Charlie Brooker | Commentisfree | The Guardian

In other words, the fine folk at Facebook are so hopelessly disconnected from ground-level emotional reality they have to employ a team of scientists to run clandestine experiments on hundreds of thousands of their “customers” to discover that human beings get upset when other human beings they care about are unhappy.

But wait! It doesn’t end there. They also coolly note that their fun test provides “experimental evidence for massive-scale contagion via social networks”. At least we can draw comfort from the fact that this terrifying power to sway the emotional state of millions is in the right hands: an anonymous cabal of secret experimenters who don’t know what “empathy” is.

via Time for the emperors-in-waiting who run Facebook to just admit they’re evil | Charlie Brooker | Commentisfree | The Guardian.

Israel opens gates to collective reprisals for youth murders – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Speaking to reporters, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu justified acts of revenge. “Vengeance for the blood of a small child, Satan has not yet created; neither has vengeance for the blood of three pure youths, who were on their way home to meet their parents, who will not see them anymore. Hamas is responsible — and Hamas will pay,” Netanyahu said.

Not long after the news of the discovery of the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers, army units demolished a Palestinian suspect’s home, and ran bombing raids on Gaza.

Settlers have also taken up their own acts of revenge. On the roads, Palestinian media reported two cases of Palestinian children being run over by settler cars. The situation in Hebron was nothing short of a volcano waiting to erupt.

But some of the worst reaction to the despicable act of killing the Israeli teens has come from politicians and pundits. When the incitement comes from the very top of the government, it is no wonder how the rest of the population acts.

International humanitarian law and the basic principles of justice are based on the concept of individual responsibility. Justice is served when violators are tried in a fair court and personally punished. Holding an entire family, clan, city or a nation responsible is nothing short of barbarism. Some Israelis justify their reaction by saying that the act of the killing of the three Israeli hitchhikers was barbaric and a result of the collective responsibility of a community that created the killers.

via Israel opens gates to collective reprisals for youth murders – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

US ship arrives in Italy port for Syria chemical weapons | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

The U.S. ship MV Cape Ray sailed into the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro on Tuesday to handle the unprecedented transfer and destruction of about 1,300 tons of Syrian chemical weapons.

The 648-foot (197.5-meter) U.S. government cargo ship has been fitted with two machines designed to neutralize the most toxic chemicals – including mustard gas and the raw materials for sarin nerve gas – that were removed from Syria as part of the international effort to destroy its chemical weapons.

via US ship arrives in Italy port for Syria weapons | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR.

Israeli groups call for more settlements in response to the killing of the three settlers

A group of Israeli settlers led by the mayor of the Ma’ale Adumim settlement, Benny Kashriel, set up a tent today in the area between the settlement and Jerusalem, known as Area E1.

Kashriel called on the Israeli authorities to construct new settlement units in the area in response to the killing of the three Israeli settlers.

Construction in E1 is very controversial, as building settlements there would create a physical link between Ma’ale Adumim and Jerusalem, dividing East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank and its Palestinian population centers. It would also divide the West Bank into two almost separate parts, jeopardizing the prospects of a contiguous Palestinian state.

Moreover, the Israeli right-wing political women’s group Women in Green also set up a tent, in order to pressure the authorities to build new settlements in the area between Jeba’at Auz and Gush Etzion, in the north of Hebron.

via Israeli groups call for more settlements in response to the killing of the three settlers.

Interior Department Releases Report on Bison Management

The report, “DOI Bison Report: Looking Forward” outlines plans to work cooperatively with tribes, states, landowners, conservation groups, commercial bison producers, agricultural interests and others interested in bison to restore the nation’s bison population to a proper ecological and cultural role on appropriate landscapes within its historical range.

via Interior Department Releases Report on Bison Management.

No Bison input – no wolves or cougars to do nature’s work – people know best how to slaughter and decide how many Bison are OK from a human perspective and not a natural perspective…

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Bristol-Myers Squibb Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of COUMADIN (Warfarin Sodium) for Injection Due to Presence of Particulate Matter

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) is voluntarily recalling six lots of COUMADIN® FOR INJECTION, 5 mg single-use vials in the U.S. This recall is a precautionary measure based on the company’s investigation of visible particulate matter found in a small number of COUMADIN FOR INJECTION unreleased samples. Bristol-Myers Squibb believes the safety risk to patients is low, and is further mitigated by the product’s prescribing information advising that intravenous drug products be inspected visually prior to administration.

via Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Bristol-Myers Squibb Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of COUMADIN (Warfarin Sodium) for Injection Due to Presence of Particulate Matter.

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