Disturbing New Video Shows Real Life Slave Trade, Humans Being Bought & Sold in the Open

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Refugees are being kidnapped from Libya and Niger, and sold in auctions for as little as $400, according to an investigative report that documented the abuse in war-torn Libya through hidden cameras that showed young men being lined up to be inspected for buyers, with auctioneers referring to them as “merchandise” and “big strong boys for farm work.”

It is highly likely that there are even more barbaric auctions held for females, and there have been widespread reports of this happening, but so far no footage has been collected of these crimes.

While this is the first footage of this nature that the public has seen, there have been reports of slave auctions in Libya for at least the past year. “The situation is dire. The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for many migrants. Some reports are truly horrifying and the latest reports of ‘slave markets’ for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages,” Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s Director of Operation and Emergencies said in a report last year.

Despite the frequent reports of forced labor, sex-trafficking and torture inside Libyan refugee camps, there has been little to no response from local authorities—but now that the news has gone international, the region’s puppet politicians are promising change.

Anes Alazabi, Libya’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency told CNN that a full-scale investigation will be launched as a result of their report. However, the agency provided no solutions to the problem aside from taking refugees right back to the violence that they are fleeing in the first place.

The mainstream media has framed this as a “migrant crisis.” However, it is important to point out that these people are obviously refugees from war-torn countries that have suffered military destabilization and occupation by US and NATO forces.

The US invasion of Libya has been highly publicized, and it is well known that the country is in worse shape than it was before, with the war creating social conditions that allow crimes against humanity to run rampant. Large numbers of these refugees are also coming from Niger, where the US military has been waging secret operations that were exposed last month when members of the US special forces were killed during their occupation of the country.

According to the International Organization for Migration, there are roughly 700,000 to 1 million migrants in Libya, and it is estimated that more than 2,000 have died at sea in the past year alone.

Refugees, as TFTP has reported in the past, become easy targets for human traffickers as they have no money and nowhere to go. The children are often kidnapped and sold into child trafficking rings and the adults are sold into slavery as indentured servants to the elite.

The United Kingdon has become a hotspot for such trafficking. There are an estimated 13,000 victims of forced labor, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude in Britain, according to Government data and the police have no idea how to handle it.

Luckily, however, this horrifying practice is now getting the attention of the mainstream media as enough people are demanding it.

News of the slave auctions sparked protests outside of the Libyan Embassy in Paris, where many refugees have fled to escape this type of violence. French police used riot gear and tear gas to suppress over a thousand protesters. The French government is not innocent in the conquest of Libya either, they were one of the first countries to push NATO into the war, and it was the first country to use their aircraft in strikes against the country.

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Sino-Russian trade will hit $100 billion in near future – Putin

Trade revenue between Russia and China is likely to reach $100 billion in the coming years if the current pace is maintained, President Vladimir Putin said during a press conference at the APEC summit in Vietnam on Saturday. “We’ll certainly reach the aim we wanted,” the Russian leader added, noting that trade between Moscow and Beijing is worth more than $60 billion now, even following a decline. “We have many projects in the sphere of energy, including nuclear and hydrocarbon,” Putin said, adding that there are also “prospects” in joint space exploration.

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BREAKING: New York Attacked Near World Trade Center—8 Dead, 12 Injured

Police said that a vehicle entered the bike path “a few blocks north of Chambers Street” where it “struck multiple people.” They added there there are “several” fatalities and “numerous” people injured.

 

A person in a truck reportedly ran over some pedestrians and bicyclists, and then opened gunfire.

The NYPD said the vehicle continued driving south on the path until it struck another vehicle. Then, the suspect left the vehicle “displaying imitation firearms” and was shot by police officers before being taken into custody.

The incident is being investigated as a possible terrorism attack, an anonymous law enforcement source told Reuters.

Fox News and CNN have reported the suspect yelled, “Allah akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” before being taken into custody.

 

The suspect allegedly struck more than a dozen people while driving through the bike path for at least 10 blocks, according to NBC News. Police said that the suspect deliberately hit a school bus and witnesses said that they heard the driver yell “Allah akbar” before exiting the vehicle.

The FBI is now treating the incident as a terrorist attack, according to CNN.

Police say there is no longer a threat to the public.

 

The White House has confirmed that President Donald Trump was briefed on the incident. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will keep Trump updated “as more details are known.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo headed over to the scene of the crime, where they were briefed on the incident alongside New York Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, the Washington Post reported.

A spokesperson from Home Depot confirmed one of their rental trucks was used in the attack, CNN reported.

Police told residents to avoid West Street from Barclay Street to a Christopher Street, citing an “ongoing investigation” and also instructed locals to “expect many emergency personnel in the area.”

A video taken at the scene shows multiple injured bikers on the ground. The poster said they they were hit by a truck.

 

Facebook has implemented its Safety Check feature.

 

Witnesses saw a truck hit several people, the Associated Press reported. An AP photographer reported seeing two motionless bodies covered with tarps.

There were initial reports of gunfire. The New York Post reported at least 2 people were fatally shot by a gunman firing from his truck, citing police sources.

 

“What happened was there was a car crash… he came out of one of the cars. He had two guns. He was running around Chambers and somebody started to chase him,” a 14-year-old student at the nearby Stuyvesant High School told the Post. “I heard four to six gunshots – everybody starts running.”

 

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Ivory Trade To Be Banned In The UK To Protect Elephants







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Elephants are pretty incredible beings! Not unlike ourselves, they often live to be 70 years old, they genuinely mourn the deaths of their loved ones, and they have a huge capacity for feeling emotions. They also use their feet to listen, picking up on vibrations in the ground, and can hold memories, with brains three to four times larger than an adult human’s.

These animals are absolutely incredible, yet we endanger them each and every day. Thanks to the ivory trade, the global elephant population has fallen drastically over the past century. In Africa, the elephant population decreased from 5 million in the 1930s to only 690,000 in the 1980s.

Elephant poaching doesn’t just affect the elephants whose lives are taken, but their communities as well. Because elephants have incredible memories, they will remember those deaths of their loves ones and will grieve their losses. Some elephants will even starve themselves to death in their grief.

It’s not just the elephants who suffer at the hands of the ivory trade, but people as well. Poachers are known to have shot and killed park rangers, just so they can capture these elephants. Armed groups in Africa have even hunted elephants for the sole purpose of selling the ivory to purchase more weapons. There are a number of issues wrapped up in the ivory trade, which is why it’s such a controversial topic now.

In response to these concerns, the UK government just announced a ban on the sale of ivory, regardless of its age. That’s right: Even if it’s an antique, you won’t be able to buy it in the UK. Although the UK has implemented regulations on ivory in the past, they still represent the world’s largest exporter of legal ivory, so the hope is that this new law will help to put an end to the trade altogether.

UK Bans Ivory Trade Once and For All

Every day, over 50 elephants are murdered by poachers. The population of African elephants fell by a third between 2007 and 2014 alone. Many experts have suggested that elephants are approaching a danger zone, and that if we continue to poach them, they will become extinct.

Although the international ivory trade was deemed illegal in 1990, the UK previously allowed the sale of antiques carved before 1947 as well as items produced before 1990 that held government certificates. However, the new ban will include all ivory, including said antiques.

The new ban was put forward by British politician Michael Gove, who explained: “The decline in the elephant population fuelled by poaching for ivory shames our generation. The need for radical and robust action to protect one of the world’s most iconic and treasured species is beyond dispute. These plans will put the UK front and centre of global efforts to end the insidious trade in ivory.”

Although the ban still has a few exceptions, such as antique musical instruments and some other items that hold “cultural value” or “very small amounts of ivory,” the government is hoping that this will bring us one step further toward ending elephant poaching.

It’s obviously important to implement regulations at a country level, but how will this affect the global trade? Tanya Steele, WWF’s CEO, said:

This illegal trade involving organised criminals is a global problem requiring global solutions: to end it anywhere means ending it everywhere. This is about a lot more than banning ivory sales in one country. It means working with global leaders and communities around the world, particularly in China and south-east Asia, to implement bans and stop the illegal trade.

Final Thoughts 

Since the UK currently represents the world’s leading exporter of legal ivory carvings and antiques, this will surely make a difference to the global ivory trade. Although this issue is a global one, it’s important to make country-level changes.

Even the smallest actions can have a huge impact on the world! Without a high demand for ivory, there would be no need for poachers to kill elephants in the first place.

Even if it’s an antique and it’s already been produced, that still speaks to the growing demand for ivory and suggests to poachers that people still want these products. You vote with your dollar; if you don’t want to support elephant poaching, then don’t buy products made from elephants. It’s that simple.

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It’s Not ‘Evil’ If We Do It: Google Accused in Trade-Secret Theft Lawsuit

The shocking new charges were filed against Google in Santa Clara, California — the heart of Silicon Valley — by architect Eli Attia who was invited in 2010 to commercially develop a software application with the powerful internet company that was based on Attia’s proprietary intellectual property.

According to documents, the lawsuit states that Attia’s “game-changing new technology” for building construction, developed over most of the plaintiff’s lifetime, was co opted by the search-engine giant after the architect was forced out of the company’s so-called Project Genie.

Attia, through a deal struck with Google, had moved his family from New York to California, before being let go under circumstances that were ever made clear, according to a report by the San Jose Mercury News.

The lawsuit notes that Google and co-founders Page and Brin “plotted to squeeze Attia out of the project,” and then staged a fictitious scenario in which Project Genie was shuttered while the assets of the project were “surreptitiously” transferred into a new branch of the company.

Interviewed on Friday by the San Jose Mercury News, Attia’s lawyer Eric Buether detailed some of the charges against Google and its parent company, Alphabet, Inc.

“The real adding-insult-to-injury was Google telling him the project had been canceled and they weren’t going forward with it when in fact they were going full blast on it,” said Buether, cited by mercurynews.com.

The lawsuit also names Google X founder Sebastian Thrun and Google X head Eric “Astro” Teller as defendants, who are both said to have negotiated with Attia over his technology.

But the big bat swinging in the case is Attia’s new allegation that Google’s moves stand up to the litmus test of systemic corporate racketeering.

“It’s cheaper to steal than to develop your own technology,” Buether stated, cited by mercurynews.com.

“You can take it from somebody else and you have a virtually unlimited budget to fight these things in court,” he added.

In July a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge agreed, and approved adding racketeering claims to Attia’s lawsuit, which was originally filed in 2014.

Attia and his lawyers claim to have identified a minimum of six additional incidents in which Google adopted a “substantially similar fact pattern of misappropriation of trade secrets” from third-party entities, according to a recent legal filing.

According to court documents, “Google would solicit a party to share with it highly confidential trade secrets under a non-disclosure agreement, conduct negotiations with the party, then terminate negotiations with the party professing a lack of interest in the party’s technology, followed by the unlawful use of the party’s trade secrets in its business.”

The lawsuit seeks monetary damages and financial compensation although specific numbers have not been made public.

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EU pivots east as free trade deal with US stalls

“Working together with India, a like-minded partner simply makes sense. It is natural. And this is becoming truer when it comes to trade. Every year we exchange €100 billion worth of goods and services, creating millions of jobs both in India and in the European Union,” the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said at a news conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Both sides also agreed to strengthen security links. The summit marks the 55th anniversary since the establishing of diplomatic relations between the EU and India.

The president added that visible trade is almost perfectly balanced with exports and imports nearly equal on both sides.

The EU was India’s largest regional trading partner exporting €39.3 billion worth of goods to the bloc last year. India reportedly imported goods worth €37.8 billion in 2016. The 28-nation bloc is a principal source of investment and technology in the country.

EU investment in Indian stocks was worth €51.2 billion in 2015, an increase from €44.2 billion the previous year.

Negotiations on the proposed EU-India Broad-based Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA) started in 2007. However, they have repeatedly failed to reach an agreement on the deal, facing significant spats on such issues as intellectual property rights, and duty cuts in automobile and alcohol production.

Talks with India resumed after the negotiations between Brussels and Washington on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) stalled after Donald Trump’s election as US president. Trump also withdrew the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement with Asian countries amid the president’s concerns multilateral trade deals are not profitable for the US.

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Berlin considers Boeing fighters as firm’s trade row with UK & Canada deepens

The German defense ministry’s planning division has identified Boeing’s F-15 and F/A-18E/F fighters, according to Reuters. Germany is reportedly looking for potential candidates to replace the Tornado jets, which have been in service since 1981.

A classified briefing is expected to take place in mid-November, following a similar presentation by US officials about the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet in July.

The ministry is also considering the Eurofighter Typhoon, built by a consortium of Airbus, Britain’s BAE Systems, and Italy’s Leonardo.

Boeing is under fire from Canada and Britain after its complaint prompted the US government to impose a preliminary 220 percent duty on CSeries jets built by Bombardier.

In July, Germany announced plans to build a European fighter jet together with France. But the new plane is unlikely to be available by 2025 when Germany’s Tornado fighters are scheduled to go out of service.

Berlin is reportedly planning to buy an existing fighter to replace the Tornado while working with France on a new European jet to replace its Eurofighters at a later point.

The deal to replace the Tornado could be worth tens of billions of dollars, according to analysts, depending on how many jets Germany will buy.

Boeing said it was working with the US government to provide the information Germany had requested.

The UK warned Boeing this week that future defense contracts could be in jeopardy because of its trade dispute with Canada’s Bombardier. London says US tariffs would put over 4,000 jobs at risk at a plant in the British province of Northern Ireland that makes carbon wings for the CSeries jet.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau threatened to cancel contracts to buy 18 Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet jets unless the dispute is dropped.

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Organic Trade Association sues the USDA for refusing to enforce its own organic livestock standards

Image: Organic Trade Association sues the USDA for refusing to enforce its own organic livestock standards

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On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its final rule on organic livestock and poultry production practices, known as the Organic Animal Welfare Rule. This legislation represented the culmination of 14 years of hard work by Congress and organic stakeholders, and contained rules that had to be implemented in a structured way over the next five years. When a White House Memorandum was published just days later requesting a freeze on all recently published or pending rules, the implementation date was extended to 19 May 2017. The USDA then pushed that date back even further, and now the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is suing the regulator for failing to implement its own standards.

The rule was established to provide for the humane treatment and slaughter of certified organic poultry and meat, and includes regulations regarding:

  • Indoor and outdoor space for poultry;
  • How to ensure the health and well-being of livestock during their lifetimes, and how to safely and humanely transport and slaughter them;
  • Specific timelines for when various aspects of the rule have to be implemented; and
  • Clarification of existing organic standards.

While the implementation of organic standards is purely voluntary and only accepted by farmers who wish to carry the USDA certified organic label, they are important because the organic market is booming and consumers have specific expectations of foods labeled in this way.

A press release from the OTA explains:

American consumers are eating more organic food than ever before, show the findings of the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Organic Industry Survey. Organic food sales in the U.S. totaled $43.1  billion in 2016, marking the first time organic food sales in this country have broken through the $40 billion mark. Organic food now accounts for more than five percent of total food sales in this country, another significant first for organic.

Organic meat and poultry sales posted new records in 2016, increasing by more than 17 percent to $991 million, for the category’s biggest-ever yearly gain. Sales are expected to surpass the $1 billion mark for the first time in 2017. Growing awareness of organic’s more encompassing benefits over natural, grass-fed or hormone-free meats and poultry is spurring consumer interest in organic meat and poultry aisles.

These consumers expect the USDA label to be a guarantee that the highest standards are being maintained, and that animal welfare practices are being carefully upheld.

The OTA, farmers and businesses are pushing for the implementation of the rule because they believe it is “the right thing to do and it is what our customers expect.” (Related: Read about other important issues affecting animals and the environment at Environ.news)

The USDA, however, has dragged its heels in the implementation of the rule, even though those most directly involved – the organic farmers – have welcomed it with open arms.  (Related: USDA running massive glyphosate cover-up, refuses to test foods for traces of cancer-causing herbicide chemical used on GM crops.)

The OTA’s lawsuit alleges the following:

  • The USDA’s repeated delays in this matter are a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act;
  • The USDA has proposed action which could indefinitely delay or kill the rule, which is also a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act;
  • The USDA is in violation of the Organic Foods Production Act; and
  • The Executive order freezing regulations should not be applied to the rule because these standards are voluntary and industry-driven, rather than an example of government overreach.

Sources include:

OTA.com

USDA.gov

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Putin orders to end trade in US dollars at Russian seaports

To protect the interests of stevedoring companies with foreign currency obligations, the government was instructed to set a transition period before switching to ruble settlements.

According to the head of Russian antitrust watchdog FAS Igor Artemyev, many services in Russian seaports are still priced in US dollars, even though such ports are state-owned.

The proposal to switch port tariffs to rubles was first proposed by the president a year and a half ago. The idea was not embraced by large transport companies, which would like to keep revenues in dollars and other foreign currencies because of fluctuations in the ruble.

Artemyev said the decision will force foreigners to buy Russian currency, which is good for the ruble.

In 2016, his agency filed several lawsuits against the largest Russian port group NMTP. According to FAS, the group of companies set tariffs for transshipment in dollars and raised tariffs from January 2015 “without objective grounds.”

The watchdog ruled that NMTP abused its dominant position in the market and imposed a 9.74 billion rubles fine, or about $165 million at the current exchange rate. The decision was overturned by a court in Moscow in July this year.

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