transnationals

types of leaders the signs are

aries: powerful leader

taurus: diligent leader

gemini: captivating leader

cancer: transnational leader

leo: autocratic leader

virgo: dominant leader

libra: charismatic leader

scorpio: electrifying leader 

sagittarius: strong leader

capricorn: invigorating leader

aquarius: transitional leader

pisces: hypnotic leader

Will Tracing Ivory DNA Stem the Slaughter of African Elephants?

The fight against the global elephant ivory trade has just added a new tool. Researchers at the University of Washington and INTERPOL, the international policing organization, have successfully used DNA taken from ivory seizures around the world to identify elephant poaching hotspots in Africa.

The team took DNA samples from about a half-ton of ivory confiscated in Africa and Asia between 1996 and 2014. Then they matched portions of genetic material to lengths of DNA that are known to be held only by elephants in specific geographic areas. Using this method, they found that most of the ivory seized since 2006 originated in just two areas.

“Understanding that vast amounts of this major transnational trade is focused on two primary areas makes it possible to focus law enforcement on those areas and eliminate the largest amount of illegal killing,” said University of Washington biologist Samuel Wasser, who led the study published last week in the journal Science

The largely ineffectual work to counter the ivory trade has entered a critical phase. One estimate puts the number of African elephants killed in 2013 at more than 50,000. With a population of less than 450,000 on the continent, that puts one year’s killing spree at more than 11 percent of all African elephants left on earth. The slaughter led Nature in 2014 to conclude that the elephant population is collapsing, and most animals could be wiped out within the next decade. Learn more and see infographics and a video below.

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“As transnational capitalism gains momentum, the chieftains of major U.S. international corporations feel less, and less, empathy towards their homeland and more akin to a world-state wherein the entire planet is their haunt. Their quest for profits dictates a worldly view that brushes aside nation-state regulations that interfere with profits, and their disdain for the peoples of any given nation-state leads to statist political leanings, meaning a concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a centralized government for control of individual nation-states whilst worldwide trade is subjected to free market capitalism. This course of action is already evident in Europe where nation-states like Portugal are being dictated to by a centralized body of technocrats, the EU. Likewise, this is happening in America where the Central Bank has become dictator of the markets whilst the global corporations on the Dow Jones Industrial Average carry on in their own markets around the world, splashing strong profits, in part, because of neoliberal tendencies that discriminate between which nation-states offer the cheapest labor and the weakest regulations. The common denominator of global corporations is cheap labor; they hover like bees around the queen wherever cheap labor is to be found.

"As a result of an assortment of extremely powerful economic and political forces intertwined within transnational capitalism, it is reasonable to assume the various classes in American society will continue to experience a significant downgrade of lifestyle as the transnational capitalists comb the world for the cheapest labor and the loosest regulations.

"In time, America itself will become a target for transnational capitalists’ manufacturing plants & facilities as American wages and benefits continue to stagnate and as right-wingers attack governmental regulations and privatize government assets.”

— Robert Hunziker, Transnational Capitalism

UN Votes Transnationals Cannot Violate Rights, US Refuses

The United States and the 28-member European Union (EU) have assiduously promoted – and vigourously preached – one of the basic tenets of Western multi-party democracy: majority rules. But at the United Nations, the 29 member states have frequently abandoned that principle when it insists on “consensus” on crucial decisions relating to the U.N. budget – or when it is clearly outvoted in the 193-member General Assembly or its committee rooms. “The division of the votes clearly shows that the countries who are host to a lot of TNCs, such as the EU, as well as Norway and the U.S., are against this proposal.” – Anne van Schaik That’s exactly what happened Thursday at the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva which adopted, by majority vote, a proposal to negotiate a legally-binding treaty to prevent human rights abuses by transnational corporations (TNCs) and the world’s business conglomerates. But following the vote, the United States and the EU, have warned they would not cooperate with an intergovernmental working group (IGWG) which is to be established to lay down ground rules for negotiating the proposed treaty. Stephen Townley, the U.S. representative in the HRC, told delegates: “The United States will not participate in this IGWG, and we encourage others to do the same.” http://goo.gl/vHhLse

Global Campaign Rises To Dismantle Corporate Power

Starting June 23, on the occasion of the 26th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva, a week of mobilization has been organized by social movements and civil society organizations from around the world to shine a spotlight on the systematic lack of access to justice for victims of abuses committed by transnational corporations (TNCs). The week of mobilization is also supporting an unprecedented initiative by 85 member states of the UNHRC to establish a legally binding international instrument to stop corporate impunity and provide access to justice for victims of corporate crimes. This reaffirms a long-term demand by social movements and victims that are, in this context, reaffirming the call for the establishment of an intergovernmental working group by the UNHRC mandated to draft and negotiate such instrument. As part of the week of mobilization, the global Dismantle Corporate Power & Stop Impunity campaign will be convening a number of events designed to amplify the voices of victims of human rights abuses and environmental crimes perpetrated by TNCs. The campaign and its members believe that in order to halt the abusive power of TNCs and to provide effective remedies to victims, an international binding instrument is a crucial necessity. http://goo.gl/ptLqJz

Global Campaign Rises To Dismantle Corporate Power

Starting June 23, on the occasion of the 26th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva, a week of mobilization has been organized by social movements and civil society organizations from around the world to shine a spotlight on the systematic lack of access to justice for victims of abuses committed by transnational corporations (TNCs). The week of mobilization is also supporting an unprecedented initiative by 85 member states of the UNHRC to establish a legally binding international instrument to stop corporate impunity and provide access to justice for victims of corporate crimes. This reaffirms a long-term demand by social movements and victims that are, in this context, reaffirming the call for the establishment of an intergovernmental working group by the UNHRC mandated to draft and negotiate such instrument. As part of the week of mobilization, the global Dismantle Corporate Power & Stop Impunity campaign will be convening a number of events designed to amplify the voices of victims of human rights abuses and environmental crimes perpetrated by TNCs. The campaign and its members believe that in order to halt the abusive power of TNCs and to provide effective remedies to victims, an international binding instrument is a crucial necessity. http://goo.gl/bl2Sjr

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Secret files: US officials aided Gaddafi | Al Jazeera English

[…] I managed to smuggle away some documents, among them some that indicate the Gaddafi regime, despite its constant anti-American rhetoric – maintained direct communications with influential figures in the US.

I found what appeared to be the minutes of a meeting between senior Libyan officials – Abubakr Alzleitny and Mohammed Ahmed Ismail – and David Welch, former assistant secretary of state under George W Bush. Welch was the man who brokered the deal to restore diplomatic relations between the US and Libya in 2008.

Welch now works for Bechtel, a multinational American company with billion-dollar construction deals across the Middle East. The documents record that, on August 2, 2011, David Welch met with Gaddafi’s officials at the Four Seasons Hotel in Cairo, just a few blocks from the US embassy.

During that meeting Welch advised Gaddafi’s team on how to win the propaganda war, suggesting several ”confidence-building measures”, according to the documents. The documents appear to indicate that an influential US political personality was advising Gaddafi on how to beat the US and NATO.

Minutes of this meeting record his advice on how to undermine Libya’s rebel movement, with the potential assistance of foreign intelligence agencies, including Israel.

The documents read: “Any information related to al-Qaeda or other terrorist extremist organisations should be found and given to the American administration but only via the intelligence agencies of either Israel, Egypt, Morroco, or Jordan… America will listen to them… It’s better to receive this information as if it originated from those countries…”.

Well, Bechtel has been in the propping up and deposing business, along with their lucrative construction business, all the way back to Chile under Pinochet, so this part comes as no surprise. If you read on, however, there’s a tidbit about Dennis Kucinich that makes the stomach crawl a bit. Not sure what to make of it yet. A slight amount of dissonance would be an understatement.

Video at the link as well.

UN Votes Transnationals Cannot Violate Rights, US Refuses

The United States and the 28-member European Union (EU) have assiduously promoted – and vigourously preached – one of the basic tenets of Western multi-party democracy: majority rules. But at the United Nations, the 29 member states have frequently abandoned that principle when it insists on “consensus” on crucial decisions relating to the U.N. budget – or when it is clearly outvoted in the 193-member General Assembly or its committee rooms. “The division of the votes clearly shows that the countries who are host to a lot of TNCs, such as the EU, as well as Norway and the U.S., are against this proposal.” – Anne van Schaik That’s exactly what happened Thursday at the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva which adopted, by majority vote, a proposal to negotiate a legally-binding treaty to prevent human rights abuses by transnational corporations (TNCs) and the world’s business conglomerates. But following the vote, the United States and the EU, have warned they would not cooperate with an intergovernmental working group (IGWG) which is to be established to lay down ground rules for negotiating the proposed treaty. Stephen Townley, the U.S. representative in the HRC, told delegates: “The United States will not participate in this IGWG, and we encourage others to do the same.” http://goo.gl/vmjhst

What is global health?


“An area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on 
improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide.  
Global health emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants, and 
solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health 
sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis 
of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care.”

                                               -Koplan JP et al. Lancet 2009; 373: 1993–95. 

“Global Health is collaborative trans-national research and action for promoting health for all.”

                               -Beaglehole & Bonita Global Health Action 2010; 3:5142.



(Image from https://www.coursera.org/course/globalhealthoverview)

In recent intellectual accounts regarding the formation of ‘Black Britain’ very little attention is given to the role Jacques and Ashwood had played in developing a Pan-African transnational feminist politics which directly impacted upon the political trajectories that define the political formation of Black Britishness. In Paul Gilroy’s photographic history of Black Britain, the book features a photograph of Amy Ashwood Garvey sharing the stage with John McNair of the independent Labour Party. Although other prominent figures of Pan Africanism such as George Padmore, Jomo Kenyatta and Du Bois are mentioned and named within the text as representing an ‘international cast of Black leadership,’ Ashwood is not referred to at all, despite the fact that she was an integral leader amongst her peers.

African women have critiqued the male-centred concepts of Pan Africanism as well as intellectual accounts that have formulated and reconstructed Pan-Africanism as a male enterprise. One of the failings in remembering the ‘originary moment’ of ‘Black Britain,’ if indeed Black Britain exists, is the failure to reconfigure Black decolonised political resistance as a shared discursive space occupied by Black female voices engaged in radical libratory struggles on British territory. Until we can recall a historical sense of the past that wards off the cultural dispossession of Black women, we will continuously remember and revere a history that impedes how we critically understand the present, thus failing to recognise how processes of oppression become gendered. We will consistently fall victim to blind memories that rely upon male centred discourses that valorise the important and valuable work of radical and revolutionary Black men in raising Black consciousness at the expense of the equally valuable contributions of Black women engaged in anti-colonial struggle.

—  “The Politics of Loving Blackness in the UK”, Lisa Amanda Palmer

What does the fear of futuristic AI tell us about the parameters of our present-day fears and hopes?

I think it’s corporations.

We haven’t made Skynet, but we have made these autonomous, transhuman, transnational technolo­gies whose bodies are distributed throughout our physical and economic reality. The Internet of Things version of the razorblade business model (sell cheap handles, use them to lock people into buying expensive blades) means that the products we buy treat us as adversaries, checking to see if we’re breaking the business logic of their makers and self-destructing if they sense tampering.

Corporations run on a form of code – financial regulation and accounting practices – and the modern version of this code literally prohibits corporations from treating human beings with empathy. The principle of fiduciary duty to inves­tors means that where there is a chance to make an investor richer while making a worker or customer miserable, management is obliged to side with the investor, so long as the misery doesn’t backfire so much that it harms the investor’s quarterly return.

We humans are the inconvenient gut-flora of the corporation. They aren’t hostile to us. They aren’t sympathetic to us. Just as every human carries a hundred times more non-human cells in her gut than she has in the rest of her body, every corpora­tion is made up of many separate living creatures that it relies upon for its survival, but which are fundamentally interchangeable and disposable for its purposes. Just as you view stray gut-flora that attacks you as a pathogen and fight it off with anti­biotics, corporations attack their human adversaries with an impersonal viciousness that is all the more terrifying for its lack of any emotional heat.

- Cory Doctorow

humble brag time

got a HD for transnational activism

but DIS FEEDBACK BRUH - 

“Tesla, these are some of the most thoughtful and reflective undergrad notes i’ve read. The whole point of the exercise is to practice active thinking and learning, and you’ve done that very well. For this reason, an unprecedented 100%. There’s always room for improvement of course, but you’re setting the bar pretty high.”

Americans celebrate Independence day as if the banking system and transnational corporations don’t own them.

“Loading up the nation with debt and leaving it for the following generations to pay is morally irresponsible. Excessive debt is a means by which governments oppress the people and waste their substance. No nation has a right to contract debt for periods longer than the majority contracting it can expect to live”. ~Thomas jefferson

“”I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Issue of currency should be lodged with the government and be protected from domination by Wall Street. We are opposed to…provisions [which] would place our currency and credit system in private hands. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Woodrow Wilson signed the 1913 Federal Reserve Act. A few years later he wrote: 

“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”


You tell me, the way things operate today, are you really a free, democratic, independent society or simply, well fed captive zoo animals, with play time and pricey tamers you call …politicians.  

*Enjoy the fireworks, America*