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UNSC calling for effective actions to protect the environment in the Artics and South China Sea

UNSC calling for effective actions to protect the environment in the Artics and South China Sea

Written by RT News

Countries including the United States, France, Russia, and Kuwait have been working to establish an arctic oil and gas agreement which aims to deal with the aftermath as well as the investigation process of oil leaks and oil spills, according to a recent update from the United Nations Security Council.

Indonesia, Belgium, and Kuwait have also expressed concern for various environmental issues that have been occurring in the Arctic regions, including water pollution, melting of glaciers due to climate change, carbon footings of cargo ships, and damages resulted from overfishing as well as the intense competition within the fishing industries. They argued that countries in the UNSC should cooperate with each other to create more efficient fishing techniques and apply better fishing rules that will help protect the environmental conditions in the Arctic regions and the South China Sea.

According to the delegation of Kuwait, who has been passionate about the possible implementation of new environmental policies in the Arctic region, “The UNSC should take active steps to reduce the carbon footings of cargo ships and carry out effective measurements in the direction of environment protection of the Arctics as well as the South China Sea.”

Additionally, the delegation of Belgium agrees with Kuwait and indicates that Belgium is willing to share its innovation of fishing nets and techniques with the international community in order to minimize the harsh impacts of fishing on the environment.

It remains unclear what path the UN Security Council will take, but all delegates agreed that the United Nations Security Council should provide an open forum for discussions about the best course of action that each government should take in response to the environmental issues in the Arctic areas and the South China Sea.


Legalization of spice creates division among Galactic Senate

Legalization of spice creates division among Galactic Senate

Written by France 24

Spice, in any of its dozens of varieties, was the plague on the galaxy; a horribly addicting drug that its victims would lie, steal, assault, and murder for.”

–Eli Vanto, ensign in the Imperial Navy

Spice, the mind-altering illicit substance predominantly mined on Kessel, has been a thorn in the side of the Galactic Empire since its inception. Highly addictive, the drug has inspired a sprawling underground smuggling network, one that the Empire had been unable to regulate. This year, however, 15 years after the formation of the Empire, the Galactic Senate has decided to legalize and regulate its sale. The move is expected to bring in billions of credits in taxes… yet not all are happy with its legalization.

Senator Gar Saxon of Mandalore led the push to legalize the drug, citing the current economic crisis facing the Senate and the threat posed by smuggling. “As you’re all well-aware, the Galactic Empire has experienced some revenue problems,” he told France 24 in an exclusive interview. “We have faced a serious security threat in the form of various crime syndicates. Those crime syndicates generate much of their revenue through the illicit trade of spice.”

Yet just as I was about to press the Senator for more information, Senator Ecclessis Figg of Bespin approached. “Are you talking about how much you hate children and women?” the senator asked Saxon, jumping into our conversation. Senator Figg explained that he had been the main opponent to legalizing spice, and that there were other ways the Empire could recoup its lost revenue. “There are so many different ways I think that we could improve the economic stability. I think that one big thing that people neglect is the idea of industrializing the Outer Rim planets in terms of mining. There are so many planets that I have been in contact with about expanding development, especially because at this current time I am the only planet that is mining the gas that runs the galaxy. There are resources to make that available to other countries, and we just haven’t done that.”

I pressed the Senator further. The Galactic Empire has shaky control at best over the Outer Rim, where some planets do not even operate on the credit system. How could the Senate incentive Outer Rim planets to take up mining when many do not recognize the Empire’s legitimacy? “Right now, the Empire is incredibly strong…” Senator Figg responded as Senator Saxon nodded. “The Outer Rim has historically been a patchy system, but we have made strides in this committee specifically to fix those patches.”

It remains to be seen whether the legalization of spice will fix the Galactic Empire’s revenue troubles, but one thing remains certain: Senator Figg plans to continue to fight against the drug. “I will fight just as hard as I did against spice to reverse that ruling on spice and make sure that no other drugs in this galaxy becoming legalized,” he told me defiantly before striding back into committee.

Large amounts of international success for the Central Committee

Large amounts of international success for the Central Committee

Written by Al Jazeera

As the Central Committee of the Communist Party reconvened this Saturday morning, they were met with the news that their international presence has increased tremendously,  furthering their efforts in establishing the Soviet Union as a world power. However, this comes with the cost of provoking the American government, as well as continuing to seemingly ignore the array of domestic issues at hand.

Currently, the Soviet Union has expanded its communist influence to several countries including Cuba and additionally establishing trade relations with countries in Asia, therefore increasing their access to the global market.

Despite their focus on global affairs, members of the committee have come up with ways to utilize these newfound alliances and subsequent resources to fix the pressing domestic issues facing the Soviet Union, such as the long-standing famine and housing crisis.  

Solutions resolving the issue of low food protection include increasing rice trade with China in exchange for increased military, while simultaneously encouraging the peasantry to increase food production within the domestic sphere.

However, as member Demyan Korotchenko stated, “War with the US would be disastrous”. Because several of these newly established ties have some level of relation with America and may potentially provoke them, members of the committee are warning their colleagues to proceed with caution in order to prevent a physical war.

Members such as Amin Niyazov have taken this into account, however. In a proposed solution, he mentioned that due to the committee’s significant amount of success within the international military realm, “We need to move our navy closer and closer to our new ally Cuba [...] They can open ports near America.” as an effort to signal their power as a deterrent.

While the committee still has several issues at hand to address, particularly within its domestic realm, their international success is a signal that they have been able to effectively work together to further the Soviet’s power, rather than letting the nation fall into disarray after Stalin’s death. However, they have a nation of angry and starving people to handle.


Don't blame the gods

Don't blame the gods

Written by NHK World

Outcry from the Newenenef, High Priest of Amun, rose from the claims of Tija, Chief of the Treasury, that the gods were to blame for their struggles of their food supply. Newenenef was backed by Prince Ramesses and Sise the elder in the Committee for The Reign of Ramesses II: evolution and expansion.

For information on the events of this Committee we conducted an interview with Soko, we learned that the citizens of Ramesses thought they were supposed to have a good season harvest wise. This lead to people over eating and consequently a lack of sufficient food supply. When storages were checked it was discovered people on the inside had burned them down. The people moved to discuss the cause of these events; was it the gods anger, was it the new cult of death, many chimed in their opinion.

Newenenef declared their disappointment in outrage, that the gods were not getting the respect they deserve. He declared the gods “created us from nothing” and that the people owed everything to them. Newenenef believes that we are not giving enough praise to the gods, and that is the reason for their anger, and ultimately the shortage of food supply.

Siese the elder suggested that perhaps the “god of the grain [has] not [been] worshiped enough”, and that is why they burned down their supply stores. Prince Ramesses agreed heavily with both Newenenef and Siese.

Amenemope Viceroy of Numbia believes that the real focus should be on the Cult of death, who claim only one god, and demands the people track them down. He claims that when captured to use “torture if necessary” in order to properly punish their transgressions.

The plot continues to thicken as the council tries to discover those deceiving them, more to come on these stirring events with the continuation of the committee.


70 years later: A guide to the draft resolutions that have defined environmental refugees

70 years later: A guide to the draft resolutions that have defined environmental refugees

Written by BBC

After hours of debate, the UNHCR is preparing to vote on a definition for environmental refugees and accompanying measures to assist those that fall under the new definition. The UN has not updated their definition since it was first established in the 1950s, before there was a solid understanding of climate change or its implications.

Those that are most vulnerable to climate change tend to be communities on the edge of deserts and those that are located on small islands. Rising temperatures influence weather patterns and increase the speed of desertification. Small islands are especially vulnerable, since rising sea levels threaten their very existence. Many of these communities simply will not be able to adapt to impending climate change, and will become climate refugees.

Over the course of debate, five blocs have formed with different approaches to this issue. Though many delegates have proposed unique solutions to various problems associated with climate change, the main differentiating factor between working papers at this time and the element with the most far reaching effects is their definitions of environmental refugees. The BBC was able to obtain copies of these working drafts and analyse the key differences between them.

RAIN

The RAIN working paper leverages the existing infrastructure and legislation on refugees by simply classifying environmental refugees as refugees. Notably, the paper also considers those affected by natural disasters, not just permanent flooding, food shortages, or desertification, to be environmental refugees.

DDRIP

The DDRIP working paper defines “climate-disaster migrantsas individuals who have been “been internally displaced, as a result of urgent, systemic, and irreversible damage done to their environment caused by extreme weather events or natural disasters which have posed an immediate risk to their wellbeing” It is curious that the working paper has not included people who have been forced to leave their home nation. Additionally, the language states “urgent, systemic and irreversible damage.” This could be problematic, since it means a person would only qualify for refugee status by meeting all 3 requirements.

RISE(ing) TIDE

The RISE(ing) TIDE working paper defines Environmental Refugees similarly, with the exception of a clause which states, “as well as those with the scientifically substantiated fear of being displaced by such [climate caused disasters.]” By this definition, persons would be able to apply for refugee status and the associated benefits before such a disaster has struck.

TIER DROP

The TIER DROP working paper includes a relatively standard definition with the exception of a sentence which allows persons to apply for refugee status owing to “fear of significant harm to the individual’s life or living conditions.” Neither fear nor significant harm have been further elaborated.

Comrades

The Comrades working paper allows regional subcommittees to establish their own local definitions for environmental refugees.

The implications of this decision are enormous by any measure. Millions of people will either be included or excluded from refugee status and the potentially life saving benefits it affords depending on what definition the committee chooses. The decision should be announced by the end of the day.

Pope Sixtus IV’s death rocks Italy

Pope Sixtus IV’s death rocks Italy

Written by CNBC, China Global Television Network

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On the evening of April 5, 2019 Pope Sixtus IV was murdered. It is suspected that multiple parties had plotted to kill the Pope, and their various assassination attempts finally took their toll.

The Pope was first offered a poisoned painting which was said to have been commissioned by the Pope himself, however this assassination attempt was foiled when the official gallery curator for the Pope pointed out that all of the Sistine Chapel’s art is commissioned exclusively by Francisco de Borgia. The art was analyzed and the inspector, upon finding poisoned dust on the painting’s canvas, removed the painting and those delivering it from the premises.

Several minutes later, the Pope was offered a cup of poisoned wine, which he drank but seemingly survived.

Another several minutes later, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel collapsed. The Pope miraculously survived this accident as well, after one of his followers pushed him out of the way, tackling him to the ground to keep him safe.

While the Pope was incapacitated due to the collapse of the ceiling, he was attacked by two assailants who repeatedly stabbed him and ultimately took his life.

The Pope’s sudden death leaves a lucrative gap for members of both the Medici and Borgia families. His position is now open for election, and both sides will attempt to wield their power to capture additional influence.

The Medici family currently holds six cardinal positions, while the Borgias hold ten. As the appointment of the new Pope is in progress, the yet excommunicated Medicis will continue to assert their unsteady power and seek to regain the upper hand. The Borgias are expected to do the same, and there may be future shifting of loyalties in the remainder of the Cardinal cabinet according to the persuasion or lack of persuasion from both sides.

The future of the Medici and Borgia families depends largely on this development. We will continue reporting on the effects of the Pope’s death and Italy’s future in his absence.



Opinion: Why communism has propelled the USSR to the top

Opinion: Why communism has propelled the USSR to the top

Written by ZEE News

This article is a contribution from Nikita Khrushchev.

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) is poised at being the first nation to erupt outside the Earth’s atmosphere into space with the spacecraft “Chairnobyl” -- just another reason why communism is the answer.

After the end of World War II, after the great Joseph Stalin kicked the Nazis out of existence, two superpowers have emerged, the U.S.S.R. and the United States. This new “Cold War” is not a conventional war -- it is a war of ideals -- a war that the West will lose.

Do you think when two representatives holding diametrically opposing views get together and shake hands, the contradictions between our systems will simply melt away? What kind of a daydream is that?

The goal of Communism is equality, preventing the higher classes from exploiting the working class, an exploitation seen time-and-time again in the West.

The weak United States believes their flawed Capitalist system is the correct way to form a government. A system in which one could rise from the bottom just by hard work alone.

But rising from the Earth is not the “American Dream,” it is the newly-developed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the first ever rocket tested successfully.

This ICBM soared high above Mother Russia, and with almost a blessing from Lenin himself, landed perfectly on its target, thousands of miles away.

In the West, there are so called “private businesses” that bid for programs. These contracts always go to the lowest bidder, leading to the inferior programs seen in the United States. This lowest common denominator system ensures the West will always be in the dust of the Soviet Union.  

The reason the U.S.S.R. is so successful in developing technology is the streamlined system of Communism. There is no red tape. The Central Committee of the Communist Party knows what the people wants, and works tirelessly to achieve those goals.

In a capitalist society, money rules all. Labor is just another resource waiting to be exploited by the rich and powerful. There are no protections for the working class. There is pressure building under the surface of their perfect Western lives. Waiting to rise up.

Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you. Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you.

Like the “Man of Steel” himself, Joseph Stalin, Communism will stand strong. The world can be left in the barren Capitalist wasteland, or join us in revolution.

Inside Japan, Inc., the secret shadow government that brought Japan to global prominence

Inside Japan, Inc., the secret shadow government that brought Japan to global prominence

Written by CNN

Below is an unpublished account of Japan, Inc., a secret organization that acted as Advisory Board to the Japanese Prime Minister from the end of World War II until the turn of the century.

This organization, made up of high government officials and key business partners, has acted as a sort of shadow government, pulling strings throughout Japan to build the nation into prosperity and an economic powerhouse.

One of the main goals of Japan, Inc. is to gain economic independence from the West (specifically the United States), but also maintain strong relations with the US as an economic equal. Japan, Inc. believed that in 1990, Japan was a sort of vassal state of the US, a designation that the organization believed it was critical to shed.  

In 1990 in particular, Japan, Inc. dealt with a particularly nasty series of issues. First, an economic crisis forced a massive bailout of the entire financial sector. Then, a communist terrorist group called Maroon 5 (Editor's note: no known relation to the modern band which terrorized American ears during the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime show) has blockaded an entire town. Finally, rival feminist groups have emerged and are bringing social issues to the forefront of Japanese discourse.

Today, we can look back at Japan, Inc. and wonder what the country would be like without such strong, yet secret leadership guiding them through the challenged associated with becoming a world power.