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The Global Community perspective on the control of the Northwest Passage, Canada sovereignty of Nunavut and 'blood resources'
by Germain Dufour
Spiritual Leader of the Global Community
Canada sovereignty, Northwest Passage, criteria for sovereignty, biodiversity zone in the North, new Nunavut settlements, blood resources, Global Community, movement for taxation on natural resources,
North America security for all life, Earth is the birth right of all life, Earth ownership, Scale of Human and Earth Rights, Global Law, global citizenship, Kyoto Protocol,
global warming, climate change, global symbiotical
relationship, Global protection Agency, Agency of Global Police, invasion of Afghanistan and Middle East, Saudi Arabia, war industry, United Nations,
GCNA Emergency, Rescue and Relief Centre
Who owns the Nortwest Passage? What is Canada sovereignty in the North?
The Global Community perspective
Background research for this paper: historical facts, principles, standards, articles, ways of doing things in the past, issues, maps, etc.
This report may be a starting place for a group global discussion and roundtable on the issues of Canada sovereignty in Nunavut and the control of the Northwest Passage.
If you wish to send a reply I will post it on the Global Community website in the Group Discussions by email section at
and in the Global Roundtable section at
For now I started the process by researching and writing a paper concerned with the issues, and you will find the research paper at
1. Concerning the Northwest Passage, Canada Sovereignty of Nunavut and 'blood resources'
Letter sent by Germain Dufour to The Honourable Paul Okalik, Premier of the Canadian territory of Nunavut firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Concerning the Northwest Passage, Canada Sovereignty of Nunavut and 'blood resources'
Letter sent by Germain Dufour to all Canadians
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| November 2, 2007
Eco-Humanism and Popular System Dynamics as Preconditions for Sustainable Development Luis T. Gutierrez, Editor of the Solidarity & Sustainability, Non-Violence homepage says the following about the book. The invited article this month is contributed by Leslaw Michnowski, a member of the Committee for
Futures Studies "Poland 2000 Plus," Polish Academy of Sciences. In this paper, which is a synopsis of his recently
published book on his vision for a sustainable development process "with a human face," he identifies the ingredients
that will be required to assure a future for humanity and the human habitat. The reader is warned that this paper is not
intended for casual, easy reading. Michnowski's intent is to define the information/knowledge infrastructure that will
be required, the technologies to be used, and the principles of solidarity and social justice to be adhered to, in order to
face the inevitable global crises now emerging as a consequence of the pervasive human misbehavior, socially and
environmentally, triggered by (most recently) the industrial revolution. The reader will notice the congruence between
this article and some of the issues and concerns discussed in page 1. The vision presented here is one that shows the
need for a global transition toward a new order of things, one in which technology and other resources are used to
balance individual interests with the common good. It is shown that it is a feasible vision, one that can be achieved if
the humans who populate the planet make a decision to overcome obsolete mindsets that seek the accumulation of
wealth and power as the only path to "happiness." The impending global crisis may trigger a sequence of events that
forces making such decisions in the midst of turmoil and much suffering. Let us pray and work for a transition from
homo economicus to homo solidarius. It may be painful, but it can be peaceful. This is the path of truth, freedom, and
care; the path toward a better world for our children and grandchildren. This is the only path of sure hope.
( A review of VISION OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY – FUTURE OF THE WORLD FROM CYBERNETICIST PERSPECTIVE )
by Leslaw Michnowski
Manage the Sustainable Development Global Information Society website
Committee for Futures Studies "Poland 2000 Plus", Polish Academy of Sciences
This article is an overview of a book by the author: "VISION OF A SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY – THE
FUTURE OF THE WORLD FROM THE CYBERNETICIST PERSPECTIVE” (in Polish), published by Polish Academy of
Sciences, Committee for Futures Studies "Poland 2000 Plus", Warsaw, Poland, 2006. This book contains his
conclusions from many years of research on the current global crisis. This definitive work is based on the
author’s System of Life evidence-based model that couples the realities of globalization and information
technology with the urgent need to identify and analyze the conditions for transitioning the worldwide human
community toward a new worldwide civilization that uses information and knowledge for sustainable development
and, in particular, sustainable human development.
| October 31, 2007
Here are 11 solutions already being put into practice by innovative communities around the world.
You probably don't need to be told that the threat of climate change is real. If you're concerned about the issue, it's fairly easy to conjure the apocalyptic scenes of widespread drought, frequent deadly storms, mass hunger, and wars over natural resources like oil and water. Much harder to come by are examples of positive actions that can avert these disasters and ease the crisis in places where they are already in play. So let's skip the litany of catastrophes that await if global warming is not controlled. Instead, why not focus on some solutions? None are perfect or complete, but each offers a model of positive change that is more than theoretically possible -- it is already happening.
Many of these examples are small-scale and local. That's instructive because our best hope for sustainability -- in agriculture, industry, energy, community design, and government -- may lie in local, small-scale models like some of those presented here. It may seem as though large-scale problems require large-scale solutions. But most big institutions and processes are driven by the very people and ideas that have generated our global crisis. It's in the local and the small that the majority of people can exercise agency and decision-making power.
| October 22, 2007
The Global Community perspective on the control of the Northwest Passage, Canada sovereignty of Nunavut and 'blood resources'
Investigative report by Germain Dufour, Spiritual Leader of the Global Community
The creation of Nunavut was the outcome of the largest aboriginal land claims agreement between the Canadian government and the
native Inuit people. The Inuit is one of the first indigenous peoples in the Americas to achieve self-government. They have the right to participate in decisions regarding the land and water resources, and
rights to harvest wildlife on their lands.
Conservation, restoration, and management of the Earth resources
is about asking ourselves the question of "Who owns the Earth?
The Global Community has proposed a democracy for the people based on the fact that land, the air, water, oil, minerals, and all other natural resources
rightly belong to the Global Community along with the local communities where those resources are found. The Earth is the birthright of all life.
To gain control of the Northwest Passage, Canada would have to show strong Earth management initiatives and the protection of its environment.
Without the fulfillment of the Global Community criteria for sovereignty no one can claim ownership - sovereignty - of both Nunavut and the Northwest Passage.
In Nunavut there is also a vast array of different life-form communities such as the polar bears, caribou, Arctic foxes, seals, beluga whales, northern fulmars, and those communities of organisms that inhabit the sea
floor like brittle stars, worms, zooplankton, microalgae, bivalves and some of the lesser known sea spiders.
And there are many more. Everyone of those global communities have an Earth right of ownership
of the North and of all its natural resources. It is their birthright. They dont express themselves in English, but we understand them. Human beings have a moral
obligation to protect and conserve the biodiversity of life on Earth.
Fot the protection of those global communities we will need to create a biodiversity zone in the North by way of Earth rights and taxation of natural resources
We are all members of the Global Community. We all have the duty to protect the rights and welfare of all species and all people.
This report may be a starting place for a group global discussion and roundtable on the issues of Canada sovereignty in the Nunavut and the control of the Northwest Passage.
If you wish to send a reply I will post it on the Global Community website at
For now I started the process by researching and writing a paper concerned with the issues, and you will find the paper at
| October 24, 2007
|| Peace Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning
by David Swanson, Afterdowningstreet.org Countercurrents.org
What gives a life meaning is the awareness that you have dedicated your life to working to improve the world, not just at the end of a strategic sadistic adventure, but in every bit of the work you do. When you work for peace and justice, a little work does a little good, and a lot does a lot of good. And, while even your utmost exertion can fail, you know you will have done no harm, you will have set the right example, and you will have refused to sit silently by as crimes were committed.
Peace and justice activism, when it is serious, involves sacrifice and risk. Soldiers who refuse illegal orders risk prison.
Citizens who engage in civil disobedience risk jail. And, increasingly, ordinary exercising of the right to free speech risks fines and other punishments. We also now
collectively face the risk of state-based and non-state-based attacks on us in response to our government's policies. We face nuclear annihilation, global warming, and
the declaration of complete martial law. We face the increased use of detention, torture, and murder. We face a growing difficulty and danger in doing what we do for
peace and freedom. And we face the possibility of great glory and fame as our rewards.
| October 23, 2007
|| Déclaration des poètes du monde pour la paix
by Guy CREQUIE
The beginning of the third millenium places the whole of inhabitants of our planet vis-a-vis stakes and challenges of a gravity rarely known before.
The poets brought together with the 1st International Festival of Poets in Paris, believe that the poetic word is committed compared to these challenges and declare:
The poetic word is love and meeting, it supports the dialog between men and different cultures, it is the leaven of dialog and peace in a world devastated by wars and terrorism.
The poetic word is fraternal, It revolts against all the demonstrations of xenophobia and racism which return to the load under all the latitudes
The poetic word is freedom and tolerance, it says yes to the human rights for all the citizens of the planet, it says no to all forms of tyranny, oppression and torture.
The poetic word is interdependent, it is opposed to the social injustices and the various forms of exclusion, it affirms that the rights to feed, to educate themselves, to look after themselves and to shelter themselves belong to the human rights
The poetic word is fed on diversity, there are no cultures, nor minority languages, it is in the diversity that richness of humanity resides. Any culture, any language in danger, means danger to all humanity.
The poetic word is history and beauty, culture and nature, it is committed, even before the birth of the writing, in the construction and the defence of the historical inheritance of various civilizations.
The poetic word is rain and seed, it is for life, it rises against the environmental pollution, biodiversity, and threats that weigh on the various ecosystems which constitute a common good of humanity
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| October 3, 2007
I have written an article on how big Corporate houses are grabbing farmlands from farmers in India at a platter. This is due to the government policy of Corporate pampering, ignoring the food security of the nation.
As per the National Rural Labour Commission, an average agricultural worker gets 159 days of work in a year; and as per NSSO (2005), the average daily wage of agricultural labour in rural areas is
around Rs. 51. Considering this, the estimated 82,000 agricultural labourers' households will lose Rs. 67-crore in wages. And put together, the total loss of income to the farming and the farm worker
families is to the tune of Rs. 212-crore (Rs 2120 million) a year. For the marginalized, the loss of income – even if it hovers around the poverty line – has disastrous implications. Farmland is the economic
security for farmers and farm labourers.
| October 28, 2007
|| Uncommon Grace: Biology And Economic Theory
by Charles Sullivan, email@example.com Countercurrents.org
In a society that holds sacred the private ownership of property and economic self interest, it may seem strange that neither my wife nor I consider
ourselves property owners. At best, we are squatters or temporary guardians of something that has inherent value; an evolving biological entity that exists far beyond
the realm of economic self interest and monetary valuation systems.
In an ownership society, the land is valued not as an evolved living biological entity with inherent value and rights, including the
fulfillment of its own evolutionary destiny, but as a commodity — a natural resource. Ecological integrity is the foundation of planetary health. It is the
organizing principle of life. Undermining that integrity for short term profits is to limit all future options in perpetuity, the ultimate
incarnation of insensate greed and selfishness. Like all economic systems that are not based upon real science, or an appropriate land ethic, the concept of property rights and private ownership are misguided and ultimately self-destructive constructs. The public welfare and the ecological integrity of the earth exceed all economic self interests in importance. Economics are based upon self-serving, false premises, whereas ecology is real.
The most precious things in life are those that cannot be commodified, and hence, owned.
| October 22, 2007
|| It’s The Oil
by Jim Holt, Countercurrents.org, London Review Of Books
Iraq has 115 billion barrels of known oil reserves. That is more than five
times the total in the United States. And, because of its long isolation, it
is the least explored of the world’s oil-rich nations. A mere two
thousand wells have been drilled across the entire country; in Texas
alone there are a million. It has been estimated, by the Council on
Foreign Relations, that Iraq may have a further 220 billion barrels of
undiscovered oil; another study puts the figure at 300 billion. If these
estimates are anywhere close to the mark, US forces are now sitting on
one quarter of the world’s oil resources. The value of Iraqi oil, largely
light crude with low production costs, would be of the order of $30
trillion at today’s prices. For purposes of comparison, the projected
total cost of the US invasion/occupation is around $1 trillion.
Who will get Iraq’s oil? One of the Bush administration’s ‘benchmarks’
for the Iraqi government is the passage of a law to distribute oil
revenues. The draft law that the US has written for the Iraqi congress
would cede nearly all the oil to Western companies. The Iraq National
Oil Company would retain control of 17 of Iraq’s 80 existing oilfields,
leaving the rest – including all yet to be discovered oil – under foreign
corporate control for 30 years.
The occupation may seem horribly botched on the face of it, but
the Bush administration’s cavalier attitude towards ‘nation-building’ has
all but ensured that Iraq will end up as an American protectorate for the
next few decades – a necessary condition for the extraction of its oil
wealth. If the US had managed to create a strong, democratic
government in an Iraq effectively secured by its own army and police
force, and had then departed, what would have stopped that
government from taking control of its own oil, like every other regime in
the Middle East? On the assumption that the Bush-Cheney strategy is
oil-centred, the tactics – dissolving the army, de-Baathification, a final
‘surge’ that has hastened internal migration – could scarcely have been
more effective. The costs – a few billion dollars a month plus a few
dozen American fatalities (a figure which will probably diminish, and
which is in any case comparable to the number of US motorcyclists
killed because of repealed helmet laws) – are negligible compared to
$30 trillion in oil wealth, assured American geopolitical supremacy and
cheap gas for voters. In terms of realpolitik, the invasion of Iraq is not a
fiasco; it is a resounding success.
| October 12, 2007
|| Surviving The Century
by Chris Goodall, Countercurrents.org, Nature.com
Surviving the Century: Facing Climate Chaos and Other Global Challenges. climate change is not a technical or scientific problem. The main impediment to tackling global warming is that many of the powerful institutions of the world, whether it be the World Trade Organization, BP or the investment banks that control the world's allocation of capital are resistant to radically changing the way we operate the world economy. The poor, whose share of world income is certainly not growing, are unable to successfully demand that policies be developed to protect them from climate change or from other environmental or economic disasters.
The most productive and efficient economies, judged in the conventional sense, are often the most wasteful and destructive.
| October 11, 2007
We are faced with thoughtless development that paves flood plains and destroys wetlands; dams that displace native people and scar watersheds; unchecked industrial growth that pollutes water sources; and rising rates of consumption that nature can't match. Increasingly, we are also threatened by the wave of privatization that is sweeping across the world, turning water from a precious public resource into a commodity for economic gain.
The problems extend from the global north to the south and are as pervasive as water itself. Equally encompassing are the politics of water. Discussions about our water crisis include issues like poverty, trade, community and privatization. In talking about water, we must also talk about indigenous rights, environmental justice, education, corporate accountability, and democracy. In this mix of terms are not only the causes of our crisis but also the solutions.
It ultimately comes down to an issue of democracy. We came to see that the conflicts over water are really about fundamental questions of democracy itself: Who will make the decisions that affect our future, and who will be excluded?
| October 7, 2007
|| Climate Change And Entire Landscapes On The Move
by Stephen Leahy, Countercurrents.org BROOKLIN, Canada, Inter Press Service
The hot breath of global warming has now touched some of the coldest northern regions of world, turning the frozen landscape into mush as temperatures soar 15 degrees C. above normal.
Entire hillsides, sometimes more than a kilometre long, simply let go and slid like a vast green carpet into valleys and rivers on Melville Island in Canada’s northwest Arctic region of Nunavut this summer, says Scott Lamoureux of Queens University in Canada and leader of one the of International Polar Year projects.
The entire landscape is on the move, it was very difficult to find any slopes that were unaltered, said Lamoureux, who led a scientific expedition to the remote and uninhabited island.
The topography and ecology of Melville Island is rapidly being rearranged by climate change.
Burning such fossil fuels is the major reason why the Arctic is losing ice. Scientists and native people note that it would be more than ironic should those emissions facilitate the extraction of even more fossil fuels with which to further warm our overheating global greenhouse.
| October 5, 2007
|| Economic Sharing: A Shift In Global Values
by Rajesh Makwana, Countercurrents.org Rajesh Makwana is the Director of Share The World's Resources (STWR), an NGO campaigning for global economic and social justice.
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A growing body of progressives within the global justice movement, including environmentalists, economists and policy makers, broadly agree that a significant overhaul of the world’s economic and political systems is long overdue, and that without significant restructuring our most pressing problems will never be tackled.
It is time for a significant re-evaluation of global economic and political values and the creation of an economy that serves the needs of the global community as a whole, within our environmental limitations.
In order to consider how the ownership and management of key resources could be organized, it is useful to group them according to type. There are three general categories:
-Naturally occurring resources – e.g. land, water, oil, gas and mineral ores
-Produced goods – e.g. agricultural produce, medicines, building materials and machinery
-Services – e.g. utilities, healthcare and education
| October 6, 2007
Whether we avert catastrophe with climate change may actually be decided by Citibank and Bank of America.
Citi has been busy funding dirty energy. Last year they gave 200 times more money for dirty energy than for clean. In the process they've helped underwrite some of the world's worst environmental and human rights offenders.
In 2006 they gave $4 billion to Peabody Energy, the world's largest coal mining company, which has been ravaging Dine and Hopi lands for 40 years, taking 2.5 million gallons of water out of their desert watershed each day and leaving behind a trail of toxic waste.
The disastrous Peabody Energy got $4 billion last year from BOA, which should help them on their way to building new plants in New Mexico, Illinois and Kentucky.
The banks are helping coal to take the wealth from us, to steal us blind and leave us in poverty, and leave us in poison. If those banks took the $141 billion they plan to spend on building new coal plants, and instead invested it in energy efficient measures, they could reduce electricity demand by 19 percent by 2025.
| September 29, 2007
|| Arctic Thaw May Be At ‘Tipping Point’
by Alister Doyle, Countercurrents.org
A record melt of Arctic summer sea ice this month may be a sign that global warming is reaching a critical trigger point that could accelerate the northern thaw, some scientists say.
The Arctic summer sea ice shrank by more than 20 percent below the previous 2005 record low in mid-September to 4.13 million sq km (1.6 million sq miles), according to a 30-year satellite record. It has now frozen out to 4.2 million sq km.
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