Bougainville Mining Struggle

Eel Films 2011
Mekamui presents: “Saving Our Land”
Peoples power against the Mining Company with money power.

Watch the trailer of Clive Porabou’s new documentary “Saving Our Land” on the struggle of the indigenous population against the re-opening of Panguna mine by Rio Tinto’s subsidy Bougainville Copper Limited on You Tube.

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The 30 minutes documentary will be out in early August and is a follow up of Clive’s “Panguna Mine Dilemma” from 2008. Clive’s footage also features in the award winning documentary “Coconut revolution.”

The Silence of Pandas – What the WWF Isn’t Saying

A Panda isn’t corrupt – but the WorldWideFraud is

The WWF is the largest environmental protection organisation in the world. Trust in its green projects is almost boundless. With rousing campaigns, the WWF directly targets the conscience of its donors – everyone should do their part to save endangered species, the climate and the rainforest.

The WWF was founded on September 11, 1961. Today it is the most influential lobby for the environment in the world. Thanks largely to its excellent contacts in both the political and industrial spheres. Behind this eco-facade, the film uncovered explosive stories from all around the world. Stories of displaced peoples, cleared rainforests and the huge money-making industry that is the WWF’s green seal of approval.

The documentary follows the donations. In Indonesia, the WWF is fundraising for the threatened orang-utan of Borneo, but on the ground the filmmaker was unable to find a single WWF orang-utan protection project. On the contrary, it found that the WWF is cooperating with a company that is clearing the last forests at the heart of Borneo in order to create palm oil plantations, while the orang-utans keep dying. The WWF takes money from the company in exchange
for its quality seal for “sustainable production”. Around the world, the WWF is entering into partnerships with huge companies in the fields of energy and agribusiness. Are WWF deals with industry helping to save the last intact eco-systems in the world or accelerating their destruction?

* *Title:* Silence of Pandas
* *Original title:* Der Pakt mit dem Panda – Ist der WWF käuflich ?
* *Film by:* Wilfried Huismann
* *Format:* 52`
* *Co-Production:* WDR / SWR
* *Year of production:* 2011
* *Language / subtitle version:* German , English
* *Category:*
Current Affairs / Politics / Economy

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In German:
Der Pakt mit dem Panda: Was uns der WWF verschweigt. Doku über die
Umeltschutzorganisation in der ARD Mediathek

Starsuckers documentary: The illusion of celebrity endorsed charity

An excerpt from “Starsuckers”. Keep in mind also that in the year of the original live aid concert, tobacco and sugar were still being exported from Ethiopia, and there were 30 million cattle in the country, primarily for export to the west.

In fact, in Barclays Bank report on “Prospects for Investment in Ethiopia” (Oct.1985), they complain about the aid convoys.”The chief cash crop is coffee, grown on the plateaux in the South West, providing around 60% of the country’s total export earnings. Output in the 1984/85 {famine year} harvest is expected to be some 20% down on the previous season at _160,000 TONNES_ Additionally, transport difficulties arising from the diversion of vehicles for drought relief are hindering exports”

78 percent of Pakistani children with polio were vaccinated

(NaturalNews) In the last year, as Pakistan has lost favor with the US and UNICEF, polio virus has paralyzed increasing numbers of Pakistani youth, casting doubt on the good intentions of those who fight polio. To make matters worse, most of the new cases have occurred in children already vaccinated. Is the US attempting to fight Pakistan by tainting inoculation doses?