Activists and environmentalists lead the struggle to protect water sources across the planet, from the top of the continents of the Americas in Alaska all the way down to Argentina.
Often, their activism is dangerous work. Resistance movements against unwanted hydroelectric dam projects, in particular, have seen a violent crackdown, with more than 40 activists killed in recent years in Mexico, Central America and Colombia, according to GeoComunes.
On World Water Day, teleSUR takes a look at five activists putting their bodies on the line to stand up against corporations and defend clean and accessible water for all.
1. Carmelina, Mexico
One of the most important leaders in the Movement of the Indigenous Peoples for the Right to Water in Mexico, Carmelina is an inspiration for her community as well as an example of strength.
“I come from a family in San Antonino, Oaxaca, which was always characterized by advising and supporting people. All the people of the village came to our house and my grandmother welcomed them with doors open,” Carmelina told Oxfam.
She promotes and fights for the rights of the Indigenous and Afro-Mexican people, a struggle she began when she was young.
“I am the daughter of peasants. From my childhood, I worked the land. I know what is suffered and also what is enjoyed in the field,” she said. “Today we struggle to protect water, so that we can continue to use it as a source of life and that children in the future don’t lose it.”
Carmelina believes that only by working in unity can communities fight for improved access to water and dignified livelihoods in the name of combatting inequality.
2. Champa Seyboye, United States
Hundreds of Indigenous women have joined the fight to halt the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in the United States in the name of protecting water sources such as the Missouri River, an essential source of water for the Standing Rock Sioux’s community. Champa Seyboye has been part of the struggle to protect water and stop the pipeline.
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“We all deserve clean water, we shouldn’t have to fight with our teeth and our nails constantly to get something that Mother Earth provides for us,” Seyboye told EcoWatch.
Since last year, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, together with solidarity from other communities and international groups, have opposed the construction of the US$3.8-billion pipeline, to transport hundreds of thousands of oil barrels every day across the U.S.
“If it gets contaminated a lot of people will be affected,” said Seyboye. “I hope for more people to understand the value of water, and what that means for everyone—from our kids to our elders.”
3. Juana Cuante, Chile
A an Indigenous Mapuche Williche woman from an ancestral village of southern Chile, Juana Cuante, defends her community in the face of a contested hydroelectric project.
She has publicly taken a stand in defense of the Pilmaiquen River and the ceremonial complex Ngen Mapu Kintuant. She has even vowed that her movement will defend the territory with their lives.
Chilean authorities have approved the controversial environmental studies done by Pilmaiquen Electric Company, the firm behind the project.
Cuante has reported human rights violations by companies and the Chilean state before international bodies, as well as participated in social, cultural and environmental events to raise awareness about the right to water and Indigenous self-determination.
4. Oscar Olivera, Bolivia
Oscar Olivera was a key leader in the so-called Cochabamba Water Wars and led the struggle against the privatization of water in Bolivia between 1999 and 2000.
“On one hand we managed to get back our water as a common good, and we also broke the economic model of total looting,” Olivera told Bolivia’s La Razon newspaper.
Olivera won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2001 and is now an important leader in protests related to other environmental fights. He currently works in raising awareness in rural schools in Cochabamba, with children, parents and teachers.
“The only way to change our life is collective action and in an autonomous way,” said Olivera. “Create spaces where we don’t depend on anyone, we don’t have to reach out to ask for anything, but to do it with our own effort.”
5. Silvia Carrera, Panama
The first woman chief of the Ngobe Bugle, an Indigenous zone in Panama, Silvia Carrera has led the judicial and social fight to protect water in one of the most business-focused countries in the world.
She leads the resistance movement that has blocked for years hydroelectric dam and copper mining projects on Indigenous territory, and especially the Tabasara River.
She has represented her people in negotiating with the government for respect for Indigenous rights and self-determination and has become a symbol of dignity and inspiration for Indigenous women in Panama and across Latin America.
David Rockefeller Was Obsessed With Eugenics & Globalism
If we lived in a world where headlines bore any connection to reality, the front pages of newspapers around the world would be informing us that one of history’s richest and most powerful eugenicists, an arch-globalist and committed enemy of humanity, had finally shuffled off this mortal coil.
Sadly, we do not live in such a world.
Instead we get this treacle-covered dreck served up to us by the New York Times: “David Rockefeller, Philanthropist and Head of Chase Manhattan, Dies at 101.”
Or this narcolepsy-inducing nonsense from our friends at PBS: “David Rockefeller, billionaire philanthropist and businessman, dies at 101.”
And the brightly-colored peacock? They omit even to mention that tawdry bit about business: “Billionaire Philanthropist David Rockefeller Dead at 101.”
On the other hand, I can sympathize with their conundrum. It would be impossible to condense such villainy down to a single headline. It would be like announcing the death of Darth Vader, except without the redemptive bit at the end.
“Lord Vader, Scourge of the Galaxy, Dies on the Death Star; Ewok Funeral Pyre Dance at Sundown.”
Indeed, where does one begin when attempting to enumerate the evils embodied by this man?
Chase Manhattan Bank? Chairman and CEO, David Rockefeller.
Council on Foreign Relations? Chairman, David Rockefeller.
Bilderberg? Founding member and advisor to the steering committee, David Rockefeller.
Trilateral Commission? Founder, David Rockefeller.
Rockefeller Brothers Fund? Co-founder, David Rockefeller.
Eugenicist? When the world’s richest eugenicists meet to plan how to reduce the world’s population, they are called to the table by David Rockefeller and they meet at The President’s House of Rockefeller University (where else)?
Recolonization of China? Spearheaded by David Rockefeller.
Chairman Mao? His “revolution” was admired by David Rockefeller.
North American Union? Forget that, David Rockefeller was busy working on a North and South American Union.
Globalist? Well, don’t ask me, ask him:
“Some even believe we (the Rockefeller family) are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — One World, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.” – David Rockefeller,Memoirs, page 405
I could go on. And on and on. And don’t worry, I will in this week’s edition of The Corbett Report podcast.
But let’s be clear: There is no joy to be had in the death of another, even a Rockefeller. He left this world as he came into it: filthy rich, gluttonously greedy and mercilessly cruel.
He has bequeathed that to the next generation of minions who will swoop in to fill his place in the power vacuum. The world has gained nothing by his death, surely not a respite from the powers-that-shouldn’t-be who will continue on exactly as before.
As always, the solace is to be found not in the death of a Rockefeller but in the mass of humanity that is awakening to his machinations.
Let us neither mourn nor celebrate this day, but continue on with our quest as those aligned against us will no doubt continue on with theirs.
New Zealand Government Preparing to Drown Whole Country in Fluorides
The issue here is, who is going to decide whether the people of New Zealand are fluoridated? Who will be in charge? Communities, or the federal government?
From The NZHerald, 3/13/16 — my comments are in CAPS:
“MPs are expecting furious opposition to proposals on fluoridated drinking water as public hearings kick off this week.”
“The first select committee hearings will be held tomorrow on the Government’s plan to transfer the responsibility for fluoridating water from councils to district health boards (DHBs).” [TRANSFER THE DECISION FROM LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO LARGER FEDERAL ENTITIES—A TAKEOVER.]
“In total, 60 organisations and 140 individuals are expected to give presentations, and the committee will be broken up into sub-committees in order to hear them all.” [IN OTHER WORDS, THE FULL COMMITTEE WON’T HEAR ANY INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION—A CLUE THAT THE “TOLERANCE” FOR EVERY POINT OF VIEW IS JUST A SHOW.]
“’The committee felt that hearing from everyone on this was important’, committee chairman and National MP Simon O’Connor said.”
“’It’s a passionate topic. People feel very strongly about it and we thought … the best way to manage that was to allow them to be heard’.” [YES, HEARD, BEFORE BEING IGNORED. THE COMMITTEE HAS ALREADY MADE UP ITS MIND.]
“Most of the submissions to the committee were against the law change, O’Connor said.”
“At present, territorial authorities decide whether to fluoridate the local water supply.” [JUST AS IT SHOULD BE.]
FLUORIDE: The MOST TOXIC substance for humans!
My further comments: right now, only 27 territories (out of a total of 67) in New Zealand have decided to fluoridate their water supplies. The majority of territories understand the toxicity of fluorides.
The federal government wants to take over and fluoridate everybody. The feds consider anti-fluoride activists the enemy and bunch of crazies.
I also suspect that money is an issue. Somebody close to the federal government is poised to make large profits from selling the chemicals, when the government decides the whole population should be toxified.
For the edification of New Zealand’s feds, who believe “the science is settled” and opposing activists are anti-science, here is a famous bombshell letter, written by the head of the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) union of in-house scientists, William Hirzy.
Quoting from a May 1, 1999, statement — “Why EPA’s Headquarters Union of Scientists Opposes Fluoridation” — written by William Hirzy, PhD, [Union of Scientists] Senior Vice-President, Chapter 280:
“…our opposition to drinking water fluoridation has grown, based on the scientific literature documenting the increasingly out-of-control exposures to fluoride, the lack of benefit to dental health from ingestion of fluoride and the hazards to human health from such ingestion.
“These hazards include acute toxic hazard, such as to people with impaired kidney function, as well as chronic toxic hazards of gene mutations, cancer, reproductive effects, neurotoxicity, bone pathology and dental fluorosis.”
“In support of this concern are results from two epidemiology studies from China that show decreases in I.Q. in children who get more fluoride than the control groups of children in each study. These decreases are about 5 to 10 I.Q. points in children aged 8 to 13 years.”
“Another troubling brain effect has recently surfaced: fluoride’s interference with the function of the brain’s pineal gland. The pineal gland produces melatonin which, among other roles, mediates the body’s internal clock, doing such things as governing the onset of puberty.
“Jennifer Luke has shown that fluoride accumulates in the pineal gland and inhibits its production of melatonin. She showed in test animals that this inhibition causes an earlier onset of sexual maturity, an effect reported in humans as well in 1956…”
“EPA fired the Office of Drinking Water’s chief toxicologist, Dr. William Marcus, who also was our local union’s treasurer at the time, for refusing to remain silent on the cancer risk issue.
“The judge who heard the lawsuit he [Marcus] brought against EPA over the firing made that finding — that EPA fired him over his fluoride work and not for the phony reason put forward by EPA management at his dismissal. Dr. Marcus won his lawsuit and is again at work at EPA.”
“…data showing increases in osteosarcomas in young men in New Jersey, Washington and Iowa based on their drinking fluoridated water. It was his [Dr. Marcus’] analysis, repeated statements about all these and other incriminating cancer data, and his requests for an independent, unbiased evaluation of them that got Dr. Marcus fired.”
“Regarding the effectiveness of fluoride in reducing dental cavities, there has not been any double-blind study of fluoride’s effectiveness as a caries preventative.
“There have been many, many small scale, selective publications on this issue that proponents cite to justify fluoridation, but the largest and most comprehensive study, one done by dentists trained by the National Institute of Dental Research, on over 39,000 school children aged 5-17 years, shows no significant differences (in terms of decayed, missing and filled teeth) among caries [cavities] incidences in fluoridated, non-fluoridated and partially fluoridated communities.
“The latest publication on the fifty-year fluoridation experiment in two New York cities, Newburgh and Kingston, shows the same thing. The only significant difference in dental health between the two communities as a whole is that fluoridated Newburgh, N.Y. shows about twice the incidence of dental fluorosis (the first, visible sign of fluoride chronic toxicity) as seen in non-fluoridated Kingston.”
“John Colquhoun’s publication on this point of efficacy is especially important. Dr. Colquhoun was Principal Dental Officer for Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, and a staunch supporter of fluoridation — until he was given the task of looking at the world-wide data on fluoridation’s effectiveness in preventing cavities.
“The paper is titled, ‘Why I changed My Mind About Water Fluoridation.’ In it Colquhoun provides details on how data were manipulated to support fluoridation in English speaking countries, especially the U.S. and New Zealand. This paper explains why an ethical public health professional was compelled to do a 180 degree turn on fluoridation.”
“…mutation studies… show that fluoride can cause gene mutations in mammalian and lower order tissues at fluoride concentrations estimated to be present in the mouth from fluoridated tooth paste. Further, there were tumors of the oral cavity seen in the NTP cancer study… further strengthening concern over the toxicity of topically applied fluoride.”
“So, in addition to our concern over the toxicity of fluoride, we note the uncontrolled — and apparently uncontrollable — exposures to fluoride that are occurring nationwide via drinking water, processed foods, fluoride pesticide residues and dental care products…
“For governmental and other organizations to continue to push for more exposure in the face of current levels of over-exposure coupled with an increasing crescendo of adverse toxicity findings is irrational and irresponsible at best.”
“We have also taken a direct step to protect the [EPA] employees we represent from the risks of drinking fluoridated water… the union filed a grievance, asking that EPA provide un-fluoridated drinking water to its employees.”
“The implication for the general public of these calculations is clear. Recent, peer-reviewed toxicity data, when applied to EPA’s standard method for controlling risks from toxic chemicals, require an immediate halt to the use of the nation’s drinking water reservoirs as disposal sites for the toxic waste of the phosphate fertilizer industry.”
That last sentence lets you know where the fluorides are coming from.
So…an employees’ union of scientists within the EPA has made its position clear.
The mainstream press has refused to cover this story in any significant way for 17 years.
The federal government of New Zealand doesn’t care about any of this.
They just want to give the gift of poison to whole population of the country, and call it science.
By Jon Rappoport, Guest author, HumansAreFree.com
About the author: The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years