Free Speech Radio Newscast for Tuesday, November 7, 2010 - 1000 Cancuns

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
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Free Speech Radio Newscast for Tuesday, November 7, 2010

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 23:38

29:08 minutes (26.67 MB)

Grassroots groups around the world are holding an international day of action to protest governments’ lack of response to climate change.  Across the US and Canada, 30 organizations are holding events. In Los Angeles, demonstrators are protesting an expansion of the major highway 710, and promoting a natural gas bus service. In San Antonio, union workers are gathering in front of the City Council to demand it commit to reducing energy consumption.   And in Canada, 16 People’s Assemblies on Climate Justice are taking place.  In Cancun, the location of international climate change talks, Indigenous groups have planned marches through the streets.  The Grassroots Global Justice Alliance says the common goal of these world-wide events is to oppose carbon market proposals that continue a reliance on fossil fuels. Additionally, groups want to draw attention to grassroots solutions - already in progress - that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Over the weekend, groups held a “March for Life and Climate Justice.” Many groups here vocalized their opposition to the REDD proposal, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation. Alberto Gomez is the international coordinator for Via Campesina.

“We are already seeing REDD, we are already seeing the impacts. In Mexico there are communities, just the same as in other countries, where the legitimate owners of the forest resources under signed contract of 30 years, are now without the possibility of accessing their territories and forests.  It is a form of privatization, the REDD and that which influences the REDD.  REDD Plus is going to be an agricultural catastrophe.  And so, our agriculture, our farmer-agriculture, sustainable, agro-ecological, is what cools the planet, what can help so much in the global cooling.”

Also at the march was activist John Blessing Karumbidza, with the South Africa based group Timberwatch, a coalition of NGOs. He says REDD is not a solution.

“REDD means displacement of communities who have lived in and with forests for centuries, whose livelihoods are dependent on forests and what REDD means is that the access to forests becomes limited and it is also a very false way of trying to look at  deforestation because it doesn’t address the primary causes of deforestation- poverty, inequality, lack of access of livelihoods, systems, those the primary problems.”

A delegation of Haitians is also fighting for climate change solutions that do not further weaken poor nations and favor rich ones. Franck Saint Jean is the Program Director of the Haitian based group PAPDA, Plaidoyer pour une Souverainete Alimentaire

“Haiti is a country that has badly suffered the extraction of natural resources, because the Haitian forests have been used for the North American industry.  It is similar to industries in the Dominican Republic, in Brazil and in Cuba, which are now being stimulated for the carbon market as a principal energy source to get going for the capitalist industry, the capitalist businesses, and so we are against this. We support the Cochabamba proposal, and we support the ALBA proposal which is another process that could favor the opportunity that Haiti can get back on track.”

Climate negotiators are drafting changes to the current REDD agreement. Those fighting the proposal have released “No REDD, a Reader” - which includes research connecting REDD to carbon trading, international financial institutions, extractive industries and genetically modified trees.

UN Radio reports on the crisis in the Ivory Coast

In the Ivory Coast, the political crisis is forcing hundreds to flee the country, in fear of more violence after some twenty people were killed. Two candidates have claimed victory in the presidential election, incumbent Laurent Gbagbo and opposition leader Alassane Ouattara. The Obama administration has urged a peaceful transition of power to Ouattara, who the electoral commission and the international community are recognizing as the winner. On Monday, South African President Thabo Mbeki traveled to the country to encourage a resolution. For more on the situation, UN Radio's Maha Fayek interviewed Norredine Mezni, spokesperson for African Union Commission Chair Jean Ping.

US Immigration’s controversial methods of boosting immigrant deportation numbers

This year the Obama administration has been touting a tough approach to immigration enforcement.  The evidence of just how tough, appeared to come with a record number of deportations this year. But according to the Center for Investigative Reporting, immigration officials might be using some controversial methods to reach the estimated 400,000 deportations. Andrew Becker broke the story this week.

News Updates from Workers Independent News Service (no copy)

FSRN’s funding crisis and modified newscast

Some unpleasant and sad news about the future of Free Speech Radio News.   We’re not in the habit of reporting about ourselves here at FSRN but this crisis directly affects listeners and affiliates and the effects start today.  You’ll be hearing an FSRN newscast because of a funding crisis that’s quite different to what you're used to.  We will continue to deliver a 29-minute daily newscast, but our financial situation means we cannot presently continue to produce the newscast at our normal operating costs.  Nathan Moore can explain things more fully.  For two years he’s been FSRN’s General Administrator.