Slow plant growth and slow wind power expansion

Slowing plant growth and slow wind power expansion

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Energy and climate newsreel: Of glaciers, ocean floors, agricultural yields and a weak quarter for wind power

Last week, this space reported on the critical retreat of the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica (Enemies of Science and Wild Boars). The neighboring Thwaites Glacier, which also flows into Amundsen Bay, does not seem to be in a better condition. This is shown by quantities on its underside, which scientists have succeeded in measuring with a diving robot.


Hawks and masterplane

What is supposed to make the Syrians flock together again after what was before 2011 and what has been since then?

The reshuffling of the Syrian rebel scene is a relatively recent phenomenon – driven by forces in the Gulf that wanted to make Syria the main arena of their fight against Shiism. According to Arab media, a master plan to this effect is already in place. An important role in this scenario could fall to Ahmad Abu Issa, head of Suqur al-Sham and the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front (SILF) – a hawk with the aura of a dove. Are he and Syria’s other top rebels (see: "Hardly a Bad Thing About the Term ‘Islamic’" and The answer heibt "Syrian Salafism"?) a kind of "Homegrown Al-Qaeda"?

With 150 men, eight locals from Idlib province founded Suqur al-Sham (Bridade of the Hawks of Syria) in September 2011. Among the originators is Ahmad Abu Issa (sometimes called by the other name Ahmed al-Sheikh), who now heads the civilian wing of the brigade and is thus responsible for media contacts and for procuring military equipment and food. According to the brigades website, the military wing acts independently, but in consultation with Issa.


School police for the lumpenproletariat

A Berlin politician wants a "repressive" According to Freerk Huisken, he can fall back on common racism and prevailing logic

A Berlin politician has visited London and Rotterdam. He brought home the idea of "repression". SPD party member and Berlin district mayor Heinz Buschkowsky thus caused unrest in his own ranks. Such an unbiased right-wing plea for social control could be considered embarrassing by the SPD. Nor can Buschkowsky score points with his proposal for capped social benefits for large families, so soon after the published poverty reports. He presented on Wednesday at the deputies committee of the FDP his regulatory policy wishes for Berlin – ideas that he had collected during his travels. His own party comrades stayed away from the invitation.

The motto from Rotterdam "No prevention without repression". "That has something", says Buschkowsky, who also explained his view in the Tagesspiegel interview on 1. July unfolded. He is not least concerned with "Identification with the state". "A regular working life" He would like to see more controls, especially among migrant youths. And the police should work more closely with schools.


Snowden faced torture in the usa

The US-American lawyer Marjorie Cohn in an interview with Telepolis about the legal evaluation of the accusations against Edward Snowden

Marjorie Cohn is a law professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, Calif. She chaired the National Lawyers Guild for several years after 2006 and has been involved with the International Association of Democratic Lawyers since 1978.

Ms. Cohn, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is currently doing everything it can to apprehend intelligence investigator Edward Snowden. What could Snowden expect in case of extradition from Russia to the USA??

Marjorie Cohn:In the USA Snowden would probably face prolonged solitary confinement. At least the case of the military Bradley Manning suggests that… …who has passed on secret information to the disclosure platform Wikileaks.

Marjorie Cohn: The problem with this solitary confinement is that it is tantamount to torture, because sooner or later it can lead to hallucinations, catatonia and even suicide. It would be very difficult for Snowden to get a fair trial, given the political climate that the Obama administration has created regarding whistleblowers. After Snowden fled the U.S., there have been numerous threats from the U.S. side against China and Russia that have helped the 30-year-old. What do you think about this policy of the U.S. leadership??

Marjorie Cohn: According to Michael Ratner, attorney for Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, the Obama administration is putting massive prere on countries around the world to extradite Snowden. He is to be returned to the reach of the U.S. at any cost. In the opinion of the White House, the decision of the Chinese authorities in Hong Kong to let Snowden leave the country was a mistake, "A preemptive decision by the government to release a wanted fugitive regardless of a valid arrest warrant". The decision will undoubtedly have a negative impact on U.S.-China relations, it was suggested. Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Russia, "doing the right thing", So refusing to allow Snowden to leave the country and extraditing him to the U.S. for prosecution. This, he said, is important in light of Washington-Moscow relations, applicable law and its standards. All this has one goal: to send a clear message to potential copycats that the possible disclosure of secret data would have dire consequences for other whistleblowers. Already, the Obama administration is cracking down on secrecy-deprivers in an unprecedented way. It has ied indictments against eight people on the basis of the Espionage Act. That’s twice as many corresponding indictments under this administration than under all previous administrations combined. But the real question is: Was Hong Kong obliged to extradite Snowden?? Must Russia extradite him?

Marjorie Cohn: China and the USA have not yet concluded an extradition treaty. The USA has not signed such a treaty with Russia either. However, seven Russian prisoners have been handed over to Moscow in recent years. Any country can refuse extradition if the person faces political trial. Snowden was accused of espionage in the U.S. Such an indictment is virtually the prototype of a political offence. According to this, the Russian authorities can actually refuse to extradite the wanted man. In such extradition disputes, the argument that the wanted person would be subjected to torture in the target country is always put forward. Does this also play a role in the Snowden case??

Marjorie Cohn: The United Nations Convention against Torture prescribes the principle of non-refoulement when a fugitive is reasonably believed to be at risk of being subjected to torture in his or her country of origin. Since Bradley Manning was the other prominent whistleblower to be tortured through nine months of solitary confinement, it is reasonable to ame that Edward Snowden would suffer a similar fate. Based on this consideration, any country can refuse to extradite him. What’s more, every country is obliged to stand in the way of extradition if it would violate fundamental rights. Not to be tortured and not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is such a fundamental right. On the basis of the UN Refugee Convention, China or Russia could grant Snowden asylum if he could credibly show that he had to fear persecution in the USA for political reasons. He should probably succeed. The 1996 Johannesburg Principles on National Security, Freedom of Expression and Access to Information state: "No person may be punished for reasons of protecting national security following the disclosure of information, provided that the public interest in that information outweighs the harm from its disclosure."


Ex oriente lux?

How China is about to outstrip the West

A European diplomat described at the beginning of the 15. By the end of the nineteenth century, Chinese imports were "the richest and most valuable of all", because the "[Chinese] craftsmen are considered by far the most skillful compared to those of all other nations". Asia was unbeatable at the time. Until the beginning of the 19th century. At the beginning of the 19th century, the most efficient economies existed here: around two thirds of the world’s population – Asians, above all Chinese and Indians – produced four fifths of all goods around 1800. While Goethe squatted over his Faust and Hegel pored over the course of the world’s spirit, Asia’s share of the world’s population climbed toward the 70 percent mark: It was in the East, not in the West, that the music was played.

The character of the Chinese is characterized by patience bordering on fatalism, determination, sufficiency, shrewdness, and above all practical sense. As merchants they stand in the very first rank.


Yes, we can

It is getting worse

The US Prassidal election was already a few months ago, but the Obamanie broke out with us continues unbroken. And at the most intrusive are punctifests with the slogan "Yes, WE CAN!"The worst or maybe the most confident collects Lukas Heinser, then at the website with the defiant title No, you can not unopod.

For example, the CDU advertises in the Karlsruhe municipal election campaign with the slogan "We can Karlsruhe!". Handle of our Chancellor can not be ragged and claimed on a poster "not only banks – also save the climate! Angie-You-Can ". Also, the "picture" newspaper should not be missing and writes: "yes, Michelle Obama Can Gemuse plants."And because Obama supposedly is a music fan, rubbed mirror.DE A text logically with "Jazz WE CAN".


Occupying forces

What Hungary needs now is a good, old-fashioned occupation

Just like other caesars before him, George Bush’s visit to Hungary was one of he came, he saw, he conquered. Actually, there was no need to conquer anything as Hungary has been subjected to the dictates of Washington for many years now. Nonetheless, for many within this tiny Central European country the effect of his visit was more or less the same.

Occupying forces

US-President Bush in Budapest yesterday: "Fifty years ago, you could watch history being written from this hill. In 1956, the Hungarian people suffered under a communist dictatorship and domination by a foreign power. That fall, the Hungarian people had decided they had enough and demanded change." Photo: White House


Targeted totters with drones in legal gray zone

UN Special Rapporteur reports on the use of armed drones and complain of lack of transparency and marketing ambiguities

Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Covering of Terrorism, was commissioned in January, for the UN Human Rights Council a report on the legalitat of targeted totters with drones and the victims in Pakistan, in Yemen, in Somalia and Afghanistan to create. Emmerson has traveled with a Team Pakistan to find out on site, visited numerous conferences and talked to experts. Its report makes it clear, above all, that the drone states want to keep the US, coincidence and Israel their actions in the dark.

Targeted totters with drones in legal gray zone

Reaper drone with lightfire missiles. Image: USAF


The changeover to the new standard with 128-bit ip addresses opens up the opportunity to build a next-generation european internet?

The first congress of IPv6 advocates took place in Berlin

Spirit of optimism at the 1. IPv6 Forum conference in Berlin: The European cell phone industry in particular is pushing for the adaptation of the new transmission protocol in order to achieve a "mobile Internet" of the second generation. Reason for the rush: to prevent Y2K from repeating itself on another level. Test projects for the use of IPv6 are also springing up everywhere at universities in Europe and Japan. The American computer industry is more reserved, with Sun Microsystems alone taking a clear stance with the IPv6 compatibility of its Solaris 8 Unix operating system. Router manufacturers, on the other hand, are still waiting.

The Internet is facing a generational change, necessitated by the steady growth in the number of users and the networking of cell phones, cow barriers and washing machines. "The many new services and applications will explode our idea that the Internet is just e-mail and the Web", explains Horst Westbrock from the telecommunications company Ericsson. It is already foreseeable that soon smart phones, set-top boxes, digital organizers, but also devices in the home or in the car, as well as public kiosk terminals will be permanently connected to the network. By 2005, Westbrock expects around one billion cell phone users alone to send their data over the Internet and use Web services.


At the national-religious chain

With the jerking to the wall, Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Scharon wants to continue, despite the violent resistance of the settlers and the right against his separation plan as before

The author is founded, the tarpaulin ready for the securities payments: On high prere Israel’s administration works on the room of 21 settlements in the Gaza Strip and four other in the northern West Jordand. But Israel’s rights are determined not to accept this without a resistance, and let their muscles play: On Sunday, more than 100 formed.000 people a chain of Jerusalem to Gaza before the same evening 1.000 Likud members came to a protest event – among them almost half the half of the parliamentary group. So heated is the mood now that security experts fired, the extremists in the right bearing could reach violence when Sharon does not give up his plan.

Tischa B’AW is a fasting day, which is usually perceived by most Israelis only as an arrangement: restaurants, pubs, cinemas must remain closed by law, while the rest of the public life goes on as usual. The mood is mostly protected by a mixture of disinterest and deserator boredom.