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February 05 2012

Bradley Manning Nobel Peace Prize Nomination 2012

laugardagur, febrúar 04, 2012

February 1st  2012 the entire parliamentary group of The Movement of the Icelandic Parliament nominated Private Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize. Following is the reasoning we sent to the committee explaining why we felt compelled to nominate Private Bradley Manning for this important recognition of an individual effort to have an impact for peace in our world. Our letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee: We have the great honor of nominating Private First Class Bradley Manning for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. Manning is a soldier in the United States army who stands accused of releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The leaked documents pointed to a long history of corruption, war crimes, and imperialism by the United States government in international dealings. These revelations have fueled democratic uprising around the world, including a democratic revolution in Tunisia. [...]

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June 18 2010

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Democracy Now 20100617 - With Rumored Manhunt for Wikileaks Founder and Arrest of Alleged Leaker of Video Showing Iraq Killings, Obama Admin Escalates Crackdown on Whistleblowers of Classified Information

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Pentagon investigators are reportedly still searching for Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, who helped release a classified US military video showing a US helicopter gunship indiscriminately firing on Iraqi civilians. The US military recently arrested Army Specialist Bradley Manning, who may have passed on the video to Wikileaks. Manning’s arrest and the hunt for Assange have put the spotlight on the Obama administration’s campaign against whistleblowers and leakers of classified information. We speak to Daniel Ellsberg, who’s leaking of the Pentagon Papers has made him perhaps the nation’s most famous whistleblower; Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of the Icelandic Parliament who has collaborated with Wikileaks and drafted a new Icelandic law protecting investigative journalists; and Glenn Greenwald, political and legal blogger for Salon.com. [includes rush transcript]

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April 22 2010

Eyjafjallajökull: Entlasten die Flugausfälle das Klima?

Von Anike Peters | Greenpeace Blog |- Entlasten die Flugausfälle durch den Vulkanausbruchs auf Island das Klima? Diese Frage wurde Green- peace in den letzten Tagen häufig gestellt. Und meine Antwort darauf lautet ganz klar: Ja!

Nach Berechnungen von Atmosfair haben sämtliche Flugbewegungen von, nach und in Europa jeden Tag eine klimaerwärmende Wirkung, die etwa der von einer Million Tonnen Kohlendioxid entspricht. Das ist etwa die gleiche Menge an CO2, wie 40 Kohlekraftwerke in der Größe des von Vattenfall geplanten Klimakillers Moorburg am Tag ausstoßen. Und das sind immense, nicht zu vernachlässigende Mengen!

Deshalb wundere ich mich auch über Pressemeldungen in denen es heißt, dass die durch die Flugausfälle entstandene Einsparung an Treibhausgasemissionen zu vernachlässigen sei. Jedes Flugzeug das nicht startet, verbraucht kein Kerosin und erspart dem Klima damit einen ganzen Batzen an CO2-Emissionen. Das ist gut fürs Klima.

Die Kalkulation von Dietrich Brockhagen von Atmosfair beruht auf Daten, die im Rahmen einer EU-Studie im Jahr 2007 erhoben wurden. Diese Studie besagt, dass der direkte CO2-Ausstoß des europäischen Flugverkehrs etwa 220 Millionen Tonnen pro Jahr beträgt (Stand 2005). Beim Fliegen ausgestoßenes Kohlendioxid hat aber eine viel klimaschädlichere Wirkung als wenn es am Boden freigesetzt wird.

Das liegt daran, dass die Treibhausgase vom Flugzeug in einer besonders sensiblen Schicht der Erdatmosphäre ausgestoßen werden. Um also die wirklich wirksame klimaschädliche Wirkung des europäischen Flugverkehrs zu ermitteln, muss noch mit dem so genannten Radiation Forcing Index (RFI) multipliziert werden.

Laut Weltklimarat hat der RFI für Flugemissionen im Mittel einen Wert von 2,7 . Doch die Konservative Berechnung von Atmosfair hat sich darauf beschränkt zu sagen, dass die jährliche Klimabelastung durch den europaweiten Flugverkehr bei deutlich über 365 Millionen Tonnen liegt, was rund eine Million pro Tag bedeutet. Einfach Wahnsinn, was so ein Vulkanausbruch für Auswirkungen haben kann!

Jetzt kann man natürlich sagen: Halt, auch ein Vulkanausbruch belastet das Klima. Das stimmt. Vulkanische Aktivitäten sind jährlich für 110-250 Millionen Tonnen CO2 verantwortlich. Das ist jedoch weniger als alleine der europäische Luftverkehr verursacht. Die Auswirkungen des menschlichen Lebens auf der Erde sind hundertmal höher.

Für viele Menschen in unserer Gesellschaft ist es ganz alltäglich zu einem Geschäftstermin von Berlin nach Bonn zu fliegen. Auch der Konsum von Produkten, die am anderen Ende der Welt produziert werden und dann mit dem Flugzeug zu uns transportiert werden, ist für viele von uns normal: Babymango aus Kolumbien, Rosen aus Kenia und Fisch aus Asien.

Das Flugverbot hat nun viele Reisende zu einem Umstieg auf andere Verkehrsmittel wie die Bahn oder Busse gezwungen. Und vielleicht hat der eine oder andere Konsument hier in Hamburg jetzt Blumen und Gemüse aus dem Alten Land in Niedersachsen kaufen müssen, statt aus Afrika Eingeflogenes.

Vielleicht hat also der Vulkanausbruch nicht nur direkt dazu geführt, dass das Klima weniger geschädigt wurde, sondern auch indirekt ein bisschen “wachgerüttelt” und Bewusstsein für die Auswirkungen unseres täglichen Handelns geschaffen. Ich persönlich hoffe jedenfalls, dass dem ein oder anderen von uns durch die Flugausfälle die Absurdität mancher Alltäglichkeiten klar geworden ist und er/sie jetzt ein wenig klimabewusster handelt.

Quelle: – Greenpeace Blog – Dieser Beitrag steht unter einer CC-Lizenz. Bitte verlinke bei einer Nutzung immer auf den Originalartikel.

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Russia: Volcanic Eruption Provokes Cooperation and Jokes

Two days passed since Mother Nature showed its power to mankind letting the Icelandic volcano with unpronounceable name “Eyjafjallajökull” fill the European aerospace with ashes. As the ash cloud went east, more and more airports were closing, which led to European-wide transport collapse. Russian bloggers - also affected by the natural disaster - reacted differently: made jokes, shared information, expresses annoyance, and offered to help each other.

The most active discussion took place in the Livejournal community ru_travel (about 30,000 readers). Moderators had to make a special tag “volcano” [RUS] to facilitate mass of eruption-connected postings. Bloggers were helping each other by giving consultations on passenger rights, airline practices, hotel deals and land transportation routes.

Individual bloggers offered help beyond just sharing information. Lacrizza offered [RUS] to take some people from the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow and provide them with temporary accommodation. Nata_vasilisa proposed the same in Krakow, Poland [RUS]:

Если у вас кто-то застрял в Кракове в связи с вулканом, и негде переждать облако - я могу приютить.

If someone is stuck in Krakow because of the volcano and doesn't have a place to wait till the cloud is over, I can shelter you.

Bets were also a part of the discussion. Lj-user asy suggested [RUS] to make bets on the date of the ending of the European flight ban. Below are the most original ones:

так как наш рейс на завтра с вероятностью 99,999% отменят, то сделаю ставку, что именно полное снятие ограничений будет в районе 3-4 мая. Правда к тому времени большинство а/к обанкротятся в виду возвратов денег за полеты :)

Because our flight tomorrow will be canceled with 99,999% probability, I'll make a bet that the flying ban will be fully removed somewhere around May 3 or 4. However, the most of the airlines will go bankrupt by that time:)

elena_w1:

У меня билеты в Париж на 9 мая. шансы к тому времени 50/50. но я вообще думаю что конец света наступает- так что….думаю что больше ничего летать не будет

I have tickets to Paris for May 9. I think the chances for this time will be 50/50. But in general I think it's the end of the world coming - so… I think there will be no planes flying at all.

Allevtinka sarcastically replied to it:

вот кстати да! прошлый раз этот вулкан пыхал 2 года подряд. (200 лет назад). Если к 2010+2=2012 :) как всё просто, однако!

By the way, yes! Last time this volcano was erupting for two years in a row (200 years ago). So 2010 + 2 = 2012 ;) so simple though!

ingushetiya_ru cited Qur'an referring to the Apocalypse:

Then watch for the Day when the sky will bring a visible smoke.

Yuri-yum suggested [RUS] that the eruption was rather a “Sodom” case rather then the Judgment Day. He was referring to the personality of Icelandic prime-minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, world's first gay leader [ENG].

The Apocalyptic topic was quite popular among bloggers. Some shared pictures of Vladimir Manyukhin [RUS] depicting Moscow after “nuclear winter:”

Apocalyptic red square, photo by vladimir manyukhin

Apocalyptic Red Square, photo by Vladimir Manyukhin

dmitrivrubel wrote [RUS]:

Летайте самолётами компании “Эйяфьятлайокудль”! Почему до сих пор не придумали шлягера, мультика, нет ни одного сувенира? Ведь какой замечательный персонаж - м-р Эйяфьятлайокудль. И его супруга Мирдальсйёкюдль, которая ещё не проснулась.

Fly with “Eyjafjallajökull” airlines! Why there's still no song, cartoon, no souvenir? Such a great meme - Mr.Eyjafjallajökull. And his wife Mirdal'sjekjudl', who is still asleep.

What Is It With Iceland?

Ash from an Icelandic volcano is causing big and costly disruptions in Europe but, so far, it's nothing compared to the problems caused by Iceland's bank meltdown in 2008.

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Eyjafjallajökull (pronounced [ˈɛɪjaˌfjatlaˌjœːkʏtl̥], translated as "island-mountains glacier") (About this sound listen ) is one of the smaller glaciers of Iceland. It is situated to the north of Skógar and to the west of the larger glacier Mýrdalsjökull.

The icecap of the glacier covers a volcano (1,666 metres or 5,466 ft in height) which has erupted relatively frequently since the Ice Age, at times bringing rhyolite to the surface.[1] The volcano erupted twice in 2010, on 20 March and 14 April. The April eruption caused massive disruption to air traffic across Northern Europe, with scientists claiming it was ten to twenty times more powerful than the March event. The most recent previous eruption was from 1821 to 1823, causing a fatal glacial lake outburst flood.[citation needed] A previous eruption was in 1612. The crater of the volcano has a diameter of 3–4 kilometres (1.9–2.5 mi) and the glacier covers an area of about 100 square kilometres (39 sq mi).

The south end of the mountain was once part of the island's Atlantic coastline. As the sea has since retreated some 5 kilometres (3.1 mi), the former coastline has left behind sheer cliffs with a multitude of beautiful waterfalls, of which the best known is Skógafoss. In strong winds, the water of the smaller falls can even be blown up the mountain.

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February 21 2010

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Proposal for a parliamentary resolution

for Iceland to strongly position itself legally with regard to the protection of freedoms of expression and information.

Parliament resolves to task the government with finding ways to strengthen freedoms of expression and information freedom in Iceland, as well as providing strong protections for sources and whistleblowers.

In this work, the international team of experts that assisted in the creation of this proposal should be utilized.

To this end,

  1. the legal environment should be explored such that the goals can be defined and changes to law or new law proposals can be prepared.
  2. the legal environments of other countries should be considered, with the view to assemble the best laws to make Iceland leading in freedoms of expression and information.
  3. the first Icelandic international prize should be established, The Icelandic Freedom of Expression Award.

With the goal of improving democracy, as firm grounding will be made for publishing, whilst improving Iceland's standing in the international community.


This parliamentary resolution proposal is written with the support of parliamentarians from all parties. Numerous respected specialists, both foreign and local, have consulted on the work and have promised continued support for the Icelandic government if this proposal is accepted.


A vision for Iceland

Freedom of expression, in particular, freedom of the press, guarantees popular participation in the decisions and actions of government, and popular participation is the essence of our democracy.

        - Corazón Aquino
            democratic President of the Philippines (1986-1992)

The nation is at a crossroad that call for legislative change. At such times we should not only address our past, but also adopt positive plans for our future.

The legislative initiative outlined here is intended to make Iceland an attractive environment for the registration and operation of international press organizations, new media start-ups, human rights groups and internet data centers. It promises to strengthen our democracy through the power of transparency and to promote the nation's international standing and economy. It also proposes to draw attention to these changes through the creation of Iceland's first internationally visible prize: the Icelandic Prize for Freedom of Expression.

The world's media is moving to the Internet, allowing publishing from any location. Whether a newspaper like The Guardian is published online out of Reykjavik or New York is indistinguisable to its readers. At the same time, there is a recognized crisis in quality journalism.

Where to publish is now decided by factors such as distance and communications capacity, server costs and legal environment. Iceland has the first two covered: it has fast undersea cables to some of the world's largest consumers of information, and its clean green power and cool temperatures are attractive to those running internet services.

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— read more: Proposal for a parliamentary resolution
on The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative
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