Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (C) addresses the
audience during a meeting of the annual Mercosur trade bloc presidential
summit in Mendoza June 29, 2012. (Credit: Reuters/Enrique Marcarian)

Chinese leader woos Latin America with deals

Chinese leader woos Latin America with deals
Chinese President Xi Jinping (4-L, first row) poses with leaders of the CELAC group of Latin American and Caribbean states, in Brasilia, on July 17, 2014 (AFP Photo/Nelson Almeida)
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

Map of Latin America showing countries where major protests have occurred in recent months (AFP Photo)
A student holds a sign reading "Don't shoot, listen!!!" during a protest
on June 17, 2013 in Brasilia (AFP, Evaristo)

Paraguay police search S. American football HQ

Paraguay police search S. American football HQ
The Conmebol headquarters in Luque, Paraguay, is seen on January 7, 2016, during a raid within the framework of the FIFA corruption scandal (AFP Photo/Norberto Duarte)

'Panama Papers' law firm under the media's lenses

'Panama Papers' law firm under the media's lenses
The Panama Papers: key facts on the huge journalists' investigation into tax evasion (AFP Photo/Thomas Saint-Cricq, Philippe Mouche)

Mossack Fonseca

Mossack Fonseca


"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Brazil's crackdown on deforestation of the Amazon

Brazil's environment agency Ibama has cracked down on deforestation – but in some regions it is on the rise again, Tom Phillips in Boca do Acre, Saturday 21 May 2011

Illegal loggers, and ranchers who clear the forest for cattle unlawfully, are
being targeted by Ibama, Brazil's environmental protection agency.
Photograph: Christopher Pillitz/Alamy

From the veranda of his farmhouse on the outskirts of this isolated riverside settlement, Gilvan Onofre can hear the helicopters coming, their rotors slicing through the humid Amazon air.

"There is no longer any way of hiding," sighed Onofre, a 70-year-old cattle rancher who moved to the region in the 1970s seeking his fortune and admits to having destroyed huge tracts of rainforest. "Everyone knows that Ibama is photographing us and what we are doing from two metres above." Ibama is Brazil's environmental protection service, the group tasked with monitoring, catching and punishing those responsible for the plunder of the Amazon rainforest.

Boca do Acre, a cattle-ranching town in the deep south of Amazonas state, is one of the new frontlines of the government's war on illegal deforestation. When Onofre arrived here on 23 December 1972, there was hardly a cow to be seen. Boca do Acre was a tiny community of rubber-tappers surrounded by dense jungle accessible only by river.

Since then the landscape has changed beyond recognition. It now has the largest cattle herd in Amazonas and much of the virgin rainforest has gone, replaced with dozens of sprawling cattle ranches, dotted with white zebu cows and the occasional cowboy. "In 30 or so years, we have gone from zero to 400,000 [heads of cattle]," boasted Onofre, president of the local ranchers' association. "Nowadays everybody says we have to preserve the forest. But when we arrived nobody knew we had to protect anything; we had to deforest. We chopped the trees down so we could feed our animals, our cattle."

Amazonas remains by far the best-preserved of Brazil's nine Amazon states, with about 97% of its original forest cover intact. But environmentalists and government officials fear the state's southern limits are becoming a new frontier for deforestation, with ranchers and loggers looking to push north into the untouched forests.

Ibama's president, Curt Trennepohl, admitted last week, in an interview with the Observer, that "aliens" from other states had set their sights on the forests surrounding Boca do Acre and other towns in southern Amazonas. Ibama's intelligence reports suggested that "people with a history of exploitation and involvement in illegal deforestation" were trying to move in, many of them from the lawless state of Pará.

Recent years have brought positive news for defenders of the Amazon region. Between 2004 and 2009, deforestation fell from around 27,000 to 7,600 square kilometres, but last December the country's environment minister, Izabella Teixeira, announced the lowest levels of deforestation on record, with around 6,451 sq km of forest lost between August 2009 and July 2010. The celebrations proved short-lived. By April, satellite images indicated that, while deforestation had continued to fall in some logging regions, among them Pará, it was on the rise in better preserved regions such as Amazonas. The images indicated that deforestation there soared by around 87% between August 2010 and February this year, compared with the same period a year earlier. Much of that was in Boca do Acre. Neighbouring municipalities, such as Lábrea, Apuí and Novo Aripuanã, also showed troubling levels of destruction.

"If the government is not present to revert this process… then it is going to take over Amazonas state," warned André Muggiati, a Greenpeace campaigner based in Manaus. "The government must not allow Amazonas state to become like Pará and Mato Grosso," he added, referring to two states that have been ravished since the 1960s by illegal loggers, ranchers and soy farmers. "The deforestation has to be stopped there."

Authorities say they have ramped up their activities, with 58 anti-deforestation operations this year. A "zero deforestation pact" was recently signed with ranchers in Boca do Acre and Apuí, under which the seizure of cattle reared on illegally deforested land would be suspended if new deforestation stopped. "This has worked better than we had expected," said Trennepohl, claiming that recent months had seen deforestation around Boca do Acre fall away.

A wider Amazon offensive, particularly in the soy-growing Mato Grosso state, was announced last week after satellite images showed a large rise in destruction there. "For us it was not just a surprise but a shock," Trennepohl said of the new data which showed a jump in deforestation of more than 470% between March and April this year. "It was a surprise that can only be the result of a rise in commodity prices overseas." The government would throw its "whole force" at the region, he vowed. More than 500 Ibama operatives have been sent in and around 200 operations are planned. The army will also be deployed.

In Boca do Acre, ranchers such as Onofre believe the measures are helping to slow the destruction. Frequent Ibama raids had made ranchers "reluctant" to illegally clear land on which to expand their herds, said the rancher. "People know that, if they do, the [Ibama] people will come and screw them."

But not everyone is convinced. Some environmentalists are concerned that increased repression in other parts of the Amazon is creating a "safe haven" for those intent on profiting from rainforest destruction in places such as south Amazonas and fear that the coming years could see a new wave of destruction here. Even Audálio Silva de Noronha, head of Boca do Acre's loggers' union, admitted being concerned about the arrival of large-scale logging groups from other parts of the country. "There is a migration of people, not from here, but from Acre [state], from the south of Brazil, people who come to buy land here with this intention," said 49-year-old Noronha, a furniture maker who extracts his living from the forests surrounding Boca do Acre and employs 24 locals in his workshop. "They are not coming to create [environmental] reserves," he said, but to "exploit". "If there is not rigorous action against deforestation, it will rise, yes. We know that human beings don't know any limits. They always want more and more."

Trennepohl said Ibama's intelligence sector had also detected a movement of loggers and ranchers from other Amazon states. "We will contain the haemorrhage," he promised. "This will not happen in south Amazonas because we have this intelligence and we are watching. Any aliens who arrive buying land will be watched."

Locals, however, say repression will only achieve so much. In Boca do Acre, residents believe destruction will continue unless measures are taken to help those who live in the forest support their families without permanently damaging the environment. "Here all we see is repression… weekly visits from Ibama, to arrest, fine, repress and even embargo areas," complained Noronha. "It is very simple to talk about preservation when you are in an office with the air conditioning on or when you are on Copacabana beach in Rio drinking beer."

Recently fined R$12,000 (£4,500) for using undocumented and illegally deforested timber, Noronha said sustainable forest management projects were urgently needed to allow responsible logging. At the moment, he conceded, "everything is illegal". He added: "Our survival has to come from the forest. There is no other way. There are no universities here. There are no factories. If you don't have a government job, you have to claw some kind of survival from the rivers and the forest."

Back on his ranch, Onofre reflected on his hopes that Brazil's congress would approve a controversial bill altering the forest code and reducing the amount of rainforest Amazon landowners had to protect. Opponents argue that changes to the code would effectively hand an amnesty to environmental criminals.

Failing that, Onofre at least has another business to fall back on: a roadside "love-motel", just opposite his cattle farm, called "G-Spot". It was, he joked, the only part of his local empire that environmental officials could not touch. "If they turn up there, they have to pay!"

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  1. Please - this is so important - go to this site to sign a petition to the Brazilian government. International scrutiny is needed in support of the many Brazilian forest defenders who are trying to stop this destruction:


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