Archive for November 12, 2013

The Times of Israel are reporting that a French member of parliament telephoned French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Geneva at the weekend to warn him that hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would attack Iran’s nuclear facilities “if the P5+1 nations did not stiffen their terms” on a deal with Iran:

“I know [Netanyahu],” the French MP, Meyer Habib, reportedly told Fabius, and predicted that the Israeli prime minister would resort to the use of force if the deal was approved in its form at the time. “If you don’t toughen your positions, Netanyahu will attack Iran,” the report quoted Habib as saying. “I know this. I know him. You have to toughen your positions in order to prevent war.”

Negotiations are now due to resume November 20.

Here at the interpretOr, we recall that the dreaded Netanyahu was Israeli ambassador to the United Nations from 1984 to 1988 – the period that coincided with the Iran-Contra affair – and today makes the likes of Richard Perle (the Prince of Darkness) seem like a goofy peacenik…

the interpretOr originally shared this address, Jan 2013 – it may have been a technical issue and/or spooky jam, for at that time, the sound of Assange’s voice was corrupted to near silence…we published a synopsis as an interim measure…here we are, late 2013, and all is now clear…

the interpretOr

Assange mentions the WikiLeaks movie saying that it's a mass propaganda attack against the WikiLeaks organisation, also it fans the flames for war on Iran as is demonstrated in the opening scene of the film that is read out by Assange who has the script. The movie shows Iran as having an active nuclear program when intelligence reports have revealed in high confidence that this is not the case.

Filmed on Wednesday 23rd January 2013

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As relief efforts begin to arrive to the Philippines following the record-breaking Typhoon Haiyan, the nation’s lead negotiator at the UN climate talks is on a hunger strike to raise awareness of the plight his and other nations face due to climate disasters. Negotiator Yeb Sano began a voluntary hunger strike at Monday’s opening session of the international climate negotiations in Poland. He dared negotiators to “get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of your armchair” to see first hand the life-and-death consequences of climate change facing people around the world. The Red Cross is suggesting the death toll from Haiyan could approach 10,000. Meteorologists report that Typhoon Haiyan is the world’s strongest storm to ever make landfall since records began. Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf, a leading climate scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, points to climate change as the aggravating factor that has likely increased the destructive forces of Typhoon Haiyan, including extreme rainfall and heightened storm surges.

  • Climate negotiator Yeb Sano’s hunger strike, in the wake of untold devastation, is a call for world leaders stop talking about climate and do something about it.When Sano told negotiators to, “get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of your armchair,” he echoed comments made in 2012 when he said “we cannot go on like this.” Sadly, both of Sano’s comments followed devastating Typhoons. Sano’s latest call for action not only follows another devastating Typhoon, but another major IPCC report that shows climate change is a clearer and more present danger than ever.
  • Climate change fueled Typhoon Haiyan and will continue to fuel similar storms in the future. Sea surface temperatures that were 2ºC above normal in the regionstrengthened Typhoon Haiyan by increasing the available energy and water vapor in the area. This problem isn’t going away as sea surface temperatures have beensteadily increasing around the world, and are projected to keep to rising. Additionally, climate change has already contributed about eight inches to global sea level which increases the destructive power of storm surges.
  • Tragedies like Typhoon Haiyan have increased in the past three decades and will continue if no action to address climate change is takenAccording to the Potsdam Institute’s Stefan  Rahmstorf, “global warming aggravates the impacts of storms like Haiyan: extreme rainfall that comes along with tropical storms causes floods and landslides, because evaporation rates and moisture content of the air increase in a warmer climate. Furthermore, there are storm surges at the coast, because the sea level rises due to global warming.”

Some believe countries such as the Philippines do not have time to wait for an international climate deal, which countries have agreed to reach in Paris in 2015.

The Philippines government has firmly connected the super  typhoon Haiyan with climate change, and urged governments meeting in Poland on Monday to take emergency action to resolve the deadlocked climate talks.

“We cannot sit and stay helpless staring at this international climate stalemate. It is now time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway,” said Yeb Sano, head of the government’s delegation to the UN climate talks…

this piece continues @ AlterNet…click here to access…

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November 2013

… Russia takes centre stage; Somalia’s Kenya frontEU, inching closer to PalestineBeirut’s small world; ICC in the dock; France, left, right, centre? All eyes on Kosovo; what to do about the ArcticAmazon uncovered; print media’s uncertain future; Venice protests; Machiavelli’s Prince… and more…

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