INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

A handful of people are defending most of Earth’s biodiversity. Our survival depends on their strength and resilience. Instead of helping these people, our governments collaborate with regimes who are more than willing to infringe upon their rights and destroy their forests. Of course, let’s not forget this isn’t happening just in Brazil, Congo, Indonesia etc. it’s also happening in the US and Canada… If we manage to destroy them, we are certainly going to destroy ourselves. 

When we talk about growth and economic development we rarely hear about the ecosystem services that healthy forests provide us. Water is just one aspect. Living ecosystems provide us with tremendous economic value, they give us oxygen, climate stability, food, they prevent soil erosion, flooding etc. They are often worth much more alive, than the resources that we can extract from their destruction. Protecting the forests is not just a matter of values or aesthetics, its a long-term investment. Help me spread the word !

BIKERS AGAINST CHILD ABUSE

Wrapped in their leather jackets, with their hair and beards unkempt, the numerous tattoos and the proud gaze seem rough men, at times threatening: instead, under that tough aspect, a heart and a passion are hidden that beat at the unison with their engines when it comes to defending a minor from abuse. The non-profit association was founded in 1995 in the US, in the State of Utah, with the aim of eradicating the scourge of violence and mistreatment of children through an activity of support, comfort and the fight against fear. Its founder is called Chief, biker and psychologist, with a troubled childhood, specializing in assisting minors between the ages of 3 and 12. His is a story of extraordinary intuition: dealing with the case of a particularly introverted child, Chief introduces himself to him one day on his motorcycle and invites him for a ride. The initiative has a positive effect: the child is immediately attracted to the vehicle, by the sense of freedom that emanates and that one feels when traveling without a destination. Since then, it begins to open up.
Today B.A.C.A has grown, it has about 5 thousand members scattered throughout the United States, Australia, Canada and Europe.

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Violence against women is one of the most serious and widespread forms of human rights violations. Amnesty International relaunches its awareness campaign against the violence perpetrated against women, girls and girls all over the world. UNIFEM statistics are terrible: 1 in 3 women in the world suffers a form of physical, sexual or psychic violence. For the mere fact of being a woman.
According to UNIFEM data, one in three women has been raped, beaten, forced into sexual intercourse or abused at least once in her life. According to a study by the WHO and the World Bank, domestic violence is the leading cause of death or serious injury for women aged 16 to 44 - more important than cancer, malaria or road accidents.
Statistics on violence within the couple vary considerably from one country to another: according to the UN, 30% of British women are abused by their spouses or ex-spouses. In western Jordan, the percentage reaches 52%, in Nicaragua at 28%, in Bangladesh at 47%, in Canada at 29%, in the South and Southeast Anatolia (Turkey) at 58%, in Australia at 23%. % and in Cambodia at 16%. A survey conducted in Switzerland in 1997 showed that one in five women between the ages of 20 and 60 said she had already suffered physical or sexual violence by her spouse or partner. In 70% of cases of murdered women, the culprit turns out to be the spouse. In 1999, 14,000 Russian women were murdered by their spouses or family members.
Physical violence almost always goes hand in hand with psychological violence. In the Swiss survey cited above, 40% of women indicated that they had suffered psychological violence from their spouse or partner. A study carried out in Canada in 1993 shows that a third of women who have experienced domestic violence had, at some point in the relationship, fear for their lives.

RIVER WIND

There is a very little known tragedy when it comes to violence against women - and it is always talked about too little - which is what has become in recent months the most dramatic and serious scandal in the entire history, probably of the whole of Canada: the thousands of native women disappeared into thin air and often, then, found, barbarously killed after probable rape. It is a painful wound and for this reason still partially removed for the civil and developed country of North America, one of the states with the highest quality of life on the planet, taken as an example to be a model for example of multi-ethnic and intercultural integration. .
An impressive, frightening and well-documented Report on these disappearances and killings of women in recent decades was published in June 2019, consisting of thousands of pages and wanted under the pressure of many associations and complaints of native groups or "native Canadians" by Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. The commission of inquiry worked two years to produce this document full of testimonies, data and evidence. One of the conclusions relating to the Report is that an appeal to the entire Canadian population to be present in solidarity and participation so that this femicide often covered by silence or the comfortable desire not to know finally and definitively ends.
There is still a very tense climate between native communities and public institutions and, very often, between Canadian natives or Indians and the rest of the population, especially the white one, whether they are North Americans or Europeans does not matter.
The violence against these women finds reason in the inaction of the state and in colonialism with its related ideologies, based on an alleged superiority.
The exact number of missing or killed women is not known, nor will it probably ever be known (since many family members, for fear of further vengeful violence, did not speak said also because they knew that the investigations would not have been conducted with real zeal). This downward number is believed to be four thousand Native American women missing or killed.

CANADA KILLS NATURE

Canada: first in the world for deforestation - to pull out bitumen

When it comes to deforestation, we always tend to think of the Amazon. Instead, the king of deforestation is not Brazil but the very civilized Canada.

The international group Forest Watch estimates that in just 13 years - from 2000 to 2013 - about eight percent of the world's virgin forests have disappeared from the planet. This is 100 million hectares, three times the area of ​​Germany that disappears due to deforestation. This means that we have destroyed 20,000 hectares of forest every day.

Who was primarily responsible for the wild saw?

The Brazilians? The Indonesians? No. The Canadians who are responsible for the destruction of about a fifth of the trees felled in the world. That is, in Canada, 4,000 hectares of trees are pulled down every day.

That is the beauty of 40,000 square kilometers in a single day!

Second in the standings, the Russians and third the Brazilians.

The study was carried out by the University of Maryland, together with Greenpeace and the World Resources Institute. Satellite images were analyzed to study forest dynamics
from 2000 to 2013.

The main rate of deforestation occurred around the Tar Sands of Canada, lupus in fabula, around Fort Mc Murray. They pull down trees to take out bitumen and without replanting anything. In other places, forests have also been lost - in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, but Alberta and its Tar Sands which transform the boreal forest into oiled land is the queen of deforestation.

Peter Lee of Forest Watch Canada made this comment on why: There is no political will at federal or provincial levels for conserving primary forests.

And I mean, nobody cares about it.

VICTIM OF MALE VIOLENCE





Sarah Hijazi was an LGBT activist. In 2017 she was arrested in Cairo for waving a rainbow flag at a concert. She was tortured and raped. She killed herself in Canada where she now lived. I dare not imagine what she may have gone through and what psychological repercussions the period in prison caused to lead her to this gesture. This is to remind you. Rights are difficult to conquer and maintain and hatred is difficult to overcome. But we must never give up in the face of injustice. Never!

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