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this is a disgusting practice by the Chinese,   they plunder the sea, land  and whatever they think is ok. This goes to show you what thy are doing in Africa, they own nearly all the mineral reserves there.
 
Mozambique will be stripped of its forests 'in just a few years'

 Silva used to be a farmer growing cassava, corn and beans. Eight years ago, Chinese businesspeople visited the area and offered him a high salary for cutting down trees. They lent him a chainsaw and now come by weekly to pick up the trunks by truck, taking a bumpy 60km dirt road.

He knows what he’s doing is illegal. “But what else can I do? When I was a farmer I earned almost nothing and I have to feed seven children.”

...  He and his two helpers earn between 160 and 300 Mozambican meticais (between R60 and R100) a tree, depending on the type of wood. The Chinese sell the rare exotic hardwood trees such as chanate, ebony, monzo (leadwood), panga panga, pau preto and wenge for a hundred times as much back in their home country. Still, Silva’s income isn’t bad in a country like Mozambique, where more than half of the population lives below the poverty line and monthly salaries rarely exceed 3 000 meticais (just over R1,000).

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* Learn more about illegal logging in Mozambique in the EIA report First Class Crisis at http://eia-international.org/reports/first-class-crisis-chinas-criminal-and-unsustainable-intervention-in-mozambiques-miombo-forests
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Other Mozambican loggers earn less. The 28-year-old Pedro Abilio, for example, receives 2 500 meticais (about R900) for each truck of 80 logs he delivers. He loses some of this money because he officially works for a Mozambican intermediary. The wood, however, is handled directly by the Chinese, who pick up the logs every week using seven trucks that come all the way to Abilio’s remote village in the middle of the forest in Tete province.

Like Silva and Abilio, many Mozambicans are illegally logging for Chinese companies. Often, in the beginning, the Chinese lend them the money to buy equipment such as a chainsaw, locking them into dependency and forcing them to continue cutting to be able to pay off their debts. By buying from individual Mozambicans, the Chinese avoid the high costs of obtaining a logging licence and the obligation to replant trees ...

“If we get pulled over by the police, we give them some money so we can continue our journey,” a smiling “Mr Huo” says as he introduces himself. The 53-year-old Chinese businessperson, who looks like a cowboy in a green camouflage jacket and a grey hat, is the boss of Yixing Madeira, one of the many Chinese timber companies located along the main road to Beira.

On our way to this port city, we pass dozens of trucks piled with logs, often driven by Chinese businesspeople. Tens of thousands of tree trunks, heaped into high mountains, sit waiting on the compounds to be shipped to China, revealing the enormous rate at which the Chinese are emptying the Mozambican primeval forests ...

 Huo says candidly that he prefers to buy wood from individual Mozambicans because this allows him “to make more profit”. It doesn’t bother his conscience. “All rangers, police officers and politicians are criminals over here,” he says.

He relates that rangers showed up on his doorstep recently, offering to sell him illegally logged trees. Huo laughs loudly when we ask what he’s going to do when there’s no wood left in Mozambique. “Move to the next country where there’s still wood, obviously.”

Huo is totally convinced that Mozambique will be stripped of all its hardwood forests “within just a few years”.

Read the full story at http://mg.co.za/article/2015-03-19-moz-will-be-stripped-of-its-forests-in-just-a-few-years

#Mozambique #Africa #China #forests

Image: Mozambique log pile, 2012 (c) EIA
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Yeah Tony, it's because you are doing this, but can't except it. Carry on with your delusions, silly man

Australia's Prime Minister has reacted angrily to a United Nations report that found Australia's treatment of asylum seekers breaches international conventions against torture.

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Australia's Prime Minister has reacted angrily to a United Nations report that found Australia's treatment of asylum seekers breaches international conventions against torture.
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#distrust   The report handed down by the DoJ in America states the obvious, we all know that this has been happening for a long time now, below are some points from the the report.. Funny enough,  (not) though it would reflect what is happening here , our courts are corrupt , our (po)lice are corrupt , beware your safety and your lives are going to get wiped out, in the near future. so don't think that just because your sat nice and snug in whatever environment you live in, is going to stay that way for long.   
But it's alright you have nothing to fear, just stay complacent, nothing is going to happen to you.  Your safe.  Your about as safe as a candle flame in a cyclone,   your sure  will never, ever go out...

Exerts from  RT -- ‘Searing’ DOJ review finds ‘distrust and hostility’ between police & Ferguson residents

Among the report’s conclusions are that blacks account for 85 percent of vehicle stops, 90 percent of citations received and 93 of arrests made by Ferguson Police Department officers. According to US Census data, however, Ferguson is composed of only around 67 percent African Americans.
 “Nearly 90 percent of documented force used by FPD officers was used against African Americans,” the DOJ determined. “In every canine bite incident for which racial information is available, the person bitten was African American.”
According to the DOJ, the Ferguson Police Department’s behavior falls in line with what investigators say is a “revenue rather than by public safety needs.” Officers within the department not only targets blacks indiscriminately, the investigation found, but charges, citations and arrests appear motivated not by eliminating crime but increasing local revenue.
 Outside the realm of law enforcement, the DOJ determined that the courts systems in Ferguson is ripe with instances of abuse as well. A “strategy of revenue generation through policing has fostered practices in the two central parts of Ferguson’s law enforcement system – policing and the courts – that are themselves unconstitutional or that contribute to constitutional violations,” the report reads in part.

“Officers violate the Fourth Amendment in stopping people without reasonable suspicion, arresting them without probable cause, and using unreasonable force. Officers frequently infringe on residents’ First Amendment rights, interfering with their right to record police activities and making enforcement decisions based on the content of individuals’ expression.”
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went for another walk to-day,  as I had spotted these Agave by the lake, as I was passing. these pictures show the height of these plants ( from afar, to closer). Also saw a sprig of purple in the grass,  see for yourself what I found, also a small, small white flower, notice the size of the grass blades to the flower
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people like this Roxane Gay, an American who comes over here spreading BS. Like who really cares,  the ABC (aunty) Q & A  being hosted by women, that's fine. But when you throw in lesbian ideology  it hits the wall like ice-cream. No, not impressed at all. She is only looking at the world from one perspective,   a broken one
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#Roxane_Gay     on Q&A tonight   she should get over herself.  who the fuck is she anyway?  author, feminist so what.  is she  speaking about all men, or the one's who told her to fuck off.  I'll tell her the same thing if she continues to talk shit.
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went for a walk to-day to my neighbor Paddy, an ex merchant seaman, he's getting on now, but still grows the best #Rose's in the area.  Every year I pay him a visit. These are the last of the season, still looking  great.  He puts a lots of care into his #plants.  Here's your opportunity   to see what he grows..   There is also a pig-face in there.  On the way two #lorikeets  happen to drop by, so they stared in the photos to.  
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Not too bad. Had a nice day Saturday as the weather had warmed up a bit but now Sunday morning it's raining. 
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She is doing this because she is blind/stupid and the intelligent's  of a flea  .  yep you got it ,just another blood sucker, feeding of of the public purse.
DEPUTY Premier, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Jackie Trad has defended her leader’s decision to leave the door open to selling off some state-owned assets like parcels of land saying such sales were beneficial to the economy. 
DEPUTY Premier, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Jackie Trad has defended her leader’s decision to leave the door open to selling off some state-owned assets like parcels of land saying such sales were beneficial to the economy.
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More Like Face(less)book, I've stopped using this filthy service months ago.  Bastards
Excerpted from The Examiner: On Friday, C.J. Pearson, a 12-year-old conservative from Georgia who posted a viral video supporting Rudy Giuliani, discovered that his personal Facebook page was locked. In an exclusive interview with Examiner.com on Saturday, Pearson said he received a message from ...
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