The No-BS Inside Guide to the Presidential Vote Recount, by Greg Palast, Truthout | News Analysis
The nasty little secret of US elections is that we don’t count all the votes. In Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — and all over the US — there were a massive number of votes that were simply rejected, invalidated and spoiled; they were simply not counted. The presidential vote recount in contested states requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein is reviewing the massive number of votes that were uncounted. Read more..
The video below was originally released on October 17th, and it is making the rounds again and being identified as NEW, which it is not. Nevertheless, it has value.
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The beginning is near: The deep north, evictions and pipeline deadlines . . . MUST READ article!
Global call on banks to halt loan to Dakota Access Pipeline:
Open letter by 420 civil society organisations demands immediate halt to financing the DAPL
420 civil society organisations from more than 50 countries today issued a joint open letter to the seventeen banks providing a US$2.5 billion project loan to Dakota Access LLC. The letter, endorsed by the Standing Rock Sioux, demands that the banks involved immediately halt all further disbursements of the loan and require the project sponsor to stop construction work until all outstanding issues are resolved to the full satisfaction of the Standing Rock Sioux. The letter and the full list of signatories can be found here.
Open Letter To:
Mr. Takashi Oyamada, CEO Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ,
Mr. Michael Corbat, CEO Citigroup,
Mr. Nobuhide Hayashi, CEO Muziho,
Mr. Bharat Masrani , CEO TD Bank,
Mr. Johannes-Jörg Riegler, CEO BayernLB,
Mr. Carlos Torres Vila, CEO BBVA,
Mr. Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, CEO BNP Paribas,
Mr. Philippe Brassac, CEO Crédit Agricole S.A.,
Mr. Rune Bjerke, CEO DnB Norway,
Mr. Jiang Jianqing, CEO ICBC,
Mr. Ralph Hamers, CEO ING,
Mr. Carlo Messina, CEO Intesa Sanpaolo,
Mr. Laurent Mignon, CEO Natixis,
Mr. Takeshi Kunibe, CEO SMBC,
Mr. Frédéric Oudéa, CEO Société Générale,
Mr. William H. Roger Jr., CEO SunTrust,
Mr. Timothy Sloan, CEO Wells Fargo,
Concerning: Halt your support to the Dakota Access Pipeline
November 30th 2016
The undersigned organizations are writing to you to share our deep concern about your participation in a credit agreement led by Citibank with Dakota Access LLC and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company LLC, to borrow up to $2.5 billion to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline in the United States.
As you are aware, the proposed 1,172 mile-long DAPL is the subject of a huge international outcry, led by the Standing Rock Sioux, but supported by the native governments of over 280 other groups of indigenous peoples and allies from all over the world. This growing global resistance opposes DAPL because the pipeline trajectory is cutting through Native American sacred territories and unceded Treaty lands, and because it threatens air and water resources in the region and further downstream.
Since last April, an ever growing number of Native water protectors and their thousands of allies have converged peacefully at Standing Rock in the pipeline construction area to halt further construction of the project. In response to this strictly-peaceful, on-site resistance, police from multiple U.S. states and agencies, members of the U.S. National Guard, and armed private security forces working for project sponsors have used military equipment, tactics and weapons to intimidate, assault, arrest and otherwise commit grievous human rights violations against water protectors and their allies. Indiscriminate use of attack dogs, rubber bullets, concussion grenades, tazers and mace are reported, while journalists covering the assault have been arrested. The violence unleashed on the protesters by security forces has already left hundreds severely injured. Last week, protesters were attacked with water cannons used in sub-zero temperatures, leading to life threatening situations. One protester faces a possible amputation of her arm after being hit with a concussion grenade. Protesters that have been arrested have also been subjected to inhumane treatment that involved, among other things, being locked up naked, or cramped without food and warmth into dog kennels.
As the loan syndicate is led by four banks that are signatory to the Equator Principles, this project loan is subject to these Principles. Given that Indigenous rights commitments are presumed to be respected by the Principles, specifically the right of indigenous communities to withhold consent to projects affecting their ancestral lands (FPIC), it is for us inexplicable that the clear and long standing opposition to the project by the Standing Rock Sioux, as well as widely documented gross violations of Native land titles, threats to water sources and the desecration of burial grounds have not been identified early on as reasons for participating banks to not provide funding for this project. Harm to Native areas has now already occurred when DAPL personnel deliberately desecrated documented burial grounds and other culturally important sites. Native American opponents to the project have emphasized throughout that the DAPL struggle is about larger Native liberation, self-determination and survival at the hands of colonial corporations and compliant government actors.
The undersigned organizations are closely watching how the banks providing financial support to the project are acting on the ever worsening situation on the ground, including your bank.Given your stated commitment to respect indigenous rights and the contrast with the harsh reality on the ground we demand that:
- all further loan disbursements to the project are immediately put on hold;
- banks involved in the loan demand from the project sponsor that all construction of the pipeline and all associated structures is put on hold until all outstanding issues are resolved to the full satisfaction of the Standing Rock Sioux;
- in case such a resolution of outstanding issues is not achieved with the Standing Rock Sioux, your bank fully withdraws from the loan agreement;
- a public statement is made by your bank on how you will act on the issues identified above.
We all stand with the Standing Rock Sioux in defending their ancestral lands from the impact of this project and are fully prepared to take further campaign steps in case we consider your response on this call unsatisfactory. Given the urgency of the matter we seek a response from you on this letter as soon as possible, but no later than December 5.
Johan Frijns, Director
Contact: Johan Frijns, Director BankTrack, Tel: +31 24 3249220
Please find the PDF version of the letter here.
Related banks (see addressee list above)
Banks have committed substantial resources to the Energy Transfer family of companies so it can build more oil and gas infrastructure. Energy Transfer Partners has a revolving credit line of USD 3.75 billion toward expanding its oil and gas infrastructure holdings, with commitments from 26 banks. Sunoco Logistics has a credit line of USD 2.5 billion in commitments from 24 banks. Energy Transfer Equity has a credit line with another USD 1.5 billion in commitments from most of the same big international banks.
November 2, 2016: ING expresses its concern on being involved in funding the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to this statement.
November 3, 2016: the Royal Bank of Scotland vehemently denied having any connection to the Dakota Access Pipeline when speaking to CommonSpace, saying that the relationship is a past one and that issue had been terminated. An RBS spokesperson said: “We’re not funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. RBS has never had a banking relationship with Dakota Access LLC. RBS provided financial support to the parent company of Dakota Access LLC but have since exited the relationship.”
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Dakota Access Pipeline United States
By: BankTrack – Last update: Nov 30 2016
The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a 1,172-mile-long underground U.S. oil pipeline project for crude oil being planned by Dakota Access, LLC, a company owned by Philips 66 from Houston, Texas; Energy Transfer Partners LP from Dallas, Texas; and Sunoco Logistics Partners LP, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The pipeline is to begin in the Bakken oil fields in Northwest North Dakota. It will travel in a more or less straight line south-east, across South Dakota and Iowa, to end in south-central Illinois, specifically at Patoka, Illinois. The pipeline would pump about a half-million barrels of oil each day. The oil would be sent to the East Coast refineries and other markets by train, or down another 750 miles to the Gulf Coast through a second pipeline that Energy Transfer Partners is converting to carry oil. The project is expected to cost USD 3.8 billion.
The project became public in July 2014, and informational hearings for landowners took place between August 2014 and January 2015. Dakota Access submitted its plan to the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) on October 29, 2014, and applied for a permit in January 2015. The IUB was the last of the four state regulators to grant the permit in March 2016, including the use of eminent domain, after some public controversy. As of May 2016, Dakota Access had secured voluntary easements on 96 percent of the necessary land across four states along the proposed pipeline route.
The pipeline has been controversial regarding violations of Indigenous rights, as the pipeline path crosses Native American sacred sites and threatens drinking water at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The pipeline is also criticized for its potential harm to the environment, impact on climate change, and for the assumption that it is necessary at all. An unprecedented number of Native Americans in Iowa and the Dakotas have opposed the pipeline, including the Meskwaki and several Sioux nations. In July 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C., arguing that the pipeline threatens their culture and way of life. The resistance camp at the pipeline site in North Dakota has been called the biggest Native American gathering in history, and continues to draw international attention and support.
Native water protectors at the prayer and resistance camp have been brutally confronted by law enforcement and private security forces. Indiscriminate use of attack dogs, rubber bullets, concussion grenades, tasers and mace are reported, while journalists covering the assault on non-violent water protectors have been arrested. Protesters that have been arrested have been subjected to inhumane treatment that involved, amongst other things, being locked up naked, or cramped without food and warmth into dog kennels.
What must happen
After years of pipeline disasters — from the massive tar sands oil spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2010, to the recent oil pipeline spills in the San Joaquin Valley and Ventura CA, this projects poses another threat to safety, health, and the environment. It also underscores the ongoing mistreatment of Native Americans in the United States and the absence of true consultation processes. More than 30 environmental organizations have called to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline as they stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, other indigenous peoples, and landowners in their fight against this massive crude oil pipeline.
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