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Attorney General Garland hails Oath Keepers verdict


Associated Press


Nov 30, 2022

(30 Nov 2022) Attorney General Merrick Garland hailed the seditious conspiracy convictions handed down Tuesday in the trial of Oath Keepers founder Steward Rhodes and his associate and pledged to continue to hold all Jan. 6 attackers to account. (Nov. 30)

Chris St. Clair: How Has Canada’s Climate Changed?


The Agenda with Steve Paikin


Nov 30, 2022

Over the last quarter-century, major weather events have rippled through Canada from coast to coast. To put these increasingly extreme weather events in context, we welcome Over the last quarter-century, major weather events have rippled through Canada from coast to coast. To put these increasingly extreme weather events in context, we welcome Chris St. Clair, presenter at The Weather Network, and author of “Weather Permitting: Twenty-Five Years of Ice Storms, Hurricanes, Wildfires, and Extreme Climate Change in Canada.”

Future of Obuasi | AngloGold Ashanti

Obuasi, which has been primarily an underground operation, was placed on care and maintenance in 2016 pending the commencement of the redevelopment project. In June 2018, the Parliament of Ghana ratified the regulatory and fiscal agreements that cover the redevelopment of the mine and the Environmental Protection Agency issued environmental permits.

With the key permitting and regulatory processes finalised, the mining services contract could be signed as another key milestone in delivering a modern, mechanised underground mining operation with 5.8Moz of Ore Reserves and 30Moz in Mineral Resource, and a life of mine extending beyond 20 years.

Obuasi has operated at depths of up to 1,500m with a continuous history of mining dating back to 1897. The mining operations are located on a concession of approximately 201km2 (20,100ha) and within a largely forested region occupied by 240,000 people who are mainly subsistence farmers.

Underground access is via two main vertical shafts and a decline access while an additional shaft is used for dewatering the extreme north of the mine. The full extent of the underground operations is 8km.

Mineral extraction, by means of bacterial oxidation of the sulphide ore, is conducted at the South Treatment Plant, which has been in operation since 1993. Tailings are deposited at the South Tailings Storage Facility, located 4km to the northwest of the plant.

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The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel


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The Corporation (2003) examined an institution within society; The New Corporation reveals a world now fully remade in the corporation’s image, perilously close to losing democracy.

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Anthropocene – Official U.S. Trailer

Kino Lorber – May 16, 2019

A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a years-in-the-making feature documentary from the award-winning team behind Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013) and narrated by Alicia Vikander. The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, argue that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.

From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and massive marble quarries in Carrara, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using state of the art camera techniques to document the evidence and experience of human planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene witnesses a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’s breadth and impact.

The Anthropocene: The age of mankind – Docu – 2017


vpro documentary Jul 9, 2017
An ocean that contains as much plastic as fish, an atmosphere filled with CO2 choking the whole mankind and mass extinction of animals. The destructive influence of mankind will be at least as disastrous as the asteroid element that wiped the dinosaurs off the planet. Reason for Dutch scientist Paul Crutzen to introduce a new geological period: the Anthropocene, or the age of mankind.

Original title: Tijdperk van de mens
German explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was one of the first to see how everything in an ecosystem is connected. Von Humboldt introduced the idea of ​​the Earth as a living organism in Western thinking, which eventually became the basis for the later environmental movement. Geologists from now see the impact of mankind at an increasing pace: climate warming, plastic soup, nuclear fallout, a disturbed water supply through erosion and tar sands, higher CO2 concentrations and diminishing biodiversity.
During the last century, the influence of mankind on our Earth and atmosphere has become so great that it is judged by some scientists to be irreversible. To name this influence, a group of geologists recently proposed to date the Anthropocene back to 1950, with the exponential growth of the fossil economy. But earlier it was also discussed that the beginning of the industrial revolution was the starting point, or the first forms of agriculture or even the first mining in the Stone Age.

The influence of mankind on the Earth is so great that next generations will be able to see it back in the Earth’s layers over hundreds of thousands of years. But if mankind really creates its own geological period, how can we deal with it in an adult way without reliance on a naive belief such as the self-solving ability of God or nature? How can mankind take responsibility and benefit from its influence? We are also finding solutions for climate change and depletion of our mineral resources here on Earth: from the cultivation of cucumbers in the desert, the mining of platinum into the space to the regreening of eroded land. Are these breakthrough just a bandaid on an hemorrhage or can mankind shape the Anthropocene by means of technological intervention so that we meet a viable future?

With: Andrea Wulf (historian and author of ‘The Inventor of Nature’, a biography of explorer Alexander von Humboldt), Bruno Latour (philosopher associated with Sciences Po in Paris and author of, among others, Facing Gaia. Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime ‘) and Phil Gibbard (British geologist setting up a working group to see if the Anthropocene can be introduced as an official geological term).
Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2017.
© VPRO Backlight January 2017

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Shoshana Zuboff on surveillance capitalism | VPRO Documentary


vpro documentary Dec 20, 2019
Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff wrote a monumental book about the new economic order that is alarming. “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” reveals how the biggest tech companies deal with our data. How do we regain control of our data? What is surveillance capitalism?

In this documentary, Zuboff takes the lid off Google and Facebook and reveals a merciless form of capitalism in which no natural resources, but the citizen itself, serves as a raw material. How can citizens regain control of their data?

It is 2000, and the dot.com crisis has caused deep wounds. How will startup Google survive the bursting of the internet bubble? Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin don’t know anymore how to turn the tide. By chance, Google discovers that the “residual data” that people leave behind in their searches on the internet is very precious and tradable.

This residual data can be used to predict the behavior of the internet user. Internet advertisements can, therefore, be used in a very targeted and effective way. A completely new business model is born: “surveillance capitalism.”

Original title: De grote dataroof

Director: Roland Duong
Research: Tom Reijner, Halil Ibrahim Özpamuk
Camera: Adri Schrover
Sound: Jochem Salemink
Editing: Roland Duong, Paul Delput, Rinze Schuurman
Production: Marie Schutgens
Production assistant: Britt Bennink
Image Editing: Rob Dorrestijn, Paula Witkamp
Online Coordinator: Arja van den Bergh
Commissioning Editors: Bregtje van der Haak, Doke Romeijn

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How Europe’s Waste is Poisoning Ghanaian Children


Journeyman Pictures Jun 21, 2016

E-Waste (2009): Used electronics from Europe are being dumped in Africa’s rubbish tips, with adverse effects for the locals. For similar stories, see:

Ghana is Home to One of Europe’s Most Toxic Secrets https://youtu.be/By5xsOgvH3g

Is Sierra Leone on the Verge of an Environmental Disaster? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6_9q…

The Italian Government’s Toxic Cover Up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGoRL…

ToxiCity life at Agbobloshie, the world’s largest e waste dump in Ghana

World Documentary [ Dec 1, 2017

Fool’s Gold: Inside Ghana’s Million Dollar Scamming Syndicates | REWIND


Al Jazeera English – Oct 27, 2019

In 2011, Ghana was Africa’s second-largest producer of gold.

In recent years, it has been home to a multibillion-dollar industry which, according to the Observatory of Economic Complexity, accounts for nearly half of the country’s exports.

But this rich resource has also attracted a network of scammers who, posing as legitimate gold traders, dupe buyers out of their money.

Using hidden cameras, investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas went undercover in 2011 to expose their operations.

Working with an associate who posed as a wealthy investor from the Middle East, he met scammers, collected documentation, visited a small-scale illegal mine, and eventually handed over his findings to the police.

Rewind recently caught up with Anas to discuss what it took to cover the story, and what has happened since.

Perhaps most precious to Anas is his anonymity; known for conducting interviews from behind a mask of hanging beads, he explains that he keeps disguised for “security reasons” in a climate otherwise dangerous for investigative journalists.

He sometimes risks his life to cover stories, but he says this was somewhat less of a concern in this investigation.

“There were fears initially, but all got dwindled down as soon as we realised that we had done proper work before taking the action,” he says about following the scammers.

“But there were fears of them coming or not coming … whether they were able to smoke us out or not. Those fears are real and it happens in many other stories. But fear for our lives, I think, was a bit more minimal in that story.”

While scammers still operate in Ghana, Anas believes that a country’s willingness to hold fraudsters accountable is what matters most.

“Gold scammers will always be there. But the bigger question is how prepared is your nation to fight these. In most African countries we have willing police service who are; if you take the evidence to them, they will want to take those steps. So yes, it is horrible, we have scammers all around. But what is clear in this film is that there are people who are also willing to take down these scammers,” he says.

The court cases against those he helped arrest are still pending, but he says “they are likely to be jailed”.

He has faith in the justice system, explaining that people he exposed in the past now sit in jail, and that the courts work – even if they take some time.

“I do know that sometimes the system grinds slowly but I’ve seen results. And I don’t have to get frustrated by that,” he says.

“I think it should instil in me a sense of wanting to push the frontiers forever. And I think that people are beginning to see the realities, the hardcore evidence is there. And when you attempt, no matter how slow, it gets done.”