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The community that began with Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner continues. Today we collect news from outside the usual, and renew the discussion.

Iraqi forces have forged increasing success in the battle against the ISIS forces, with a remarkable victory in retaking the oil refining center at Beiji.   U.S. strikes are ongoing, but advances by forces on the ground have provided the fronts enjoying present gains.  Kurdistan President Barzani asks the west for increased supplies of large weaponry.   U.N. envoy Mladenov credited local action for successes, with a strategy of enlisting Kurds and local tribes in the fight against Islamists .

The massacre by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group of 322 members of the Albu Nimr tribe spurred cooperation with the government in its campaign to defeat the militants, he said.

Mladenov called on all militia groups who are not aligned with the Islamist militants to enter talks with Baghdad on resolving differences and joining the government’s anti-Islamist campaign.

Also Tuesday, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein called for a campaign led by Muslims to undermine the ideology of ISIS, saying this may ultimately be more effective than air strikes.

World attention is being requested by wildlife conservationists in order to end trafficking in, and destruction of, diminishing wildlife throughout the world.   Ten leaders of activities that profit from removing and killing forms of life throughout the world have been specifically targeted, and their pictures circulated, in hopes that those who’ve been affected will recognize perpetrators of the massive depredations.

The move has been welcomed by Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites). They are concerned not just with the impact of environmental crime on species but also with the effect on political stability.

“Countries are increasingly treating wildlife crime as a serious offence, and we will leave no stone unturned to locate and arrest these criminals to ensure that they are brought to justice,” said Ben Janse van Rensburg from Cites.

“The public can play a crucial role in this collective effort, they our eyes and ears on the ground. Their support can help ensure that the offenders face the full might of the law and are punished appropriately.”

Chile’s Supreme Court has halted gold and copper mining that uses natural resources needed by indigenous peoples, ceasing the operation of Goldcorp mines in the Diaguita lands.

The top court ordered the project’s environmental permit be withdrawn until the Diaguita indigenous community is consulted about the US$3.9 billion gold and copper mine. In doing so, it overturned a lower court decision dismissing an appeal the Diaguita filed in April.

“The Diaguita people are happy that justice is on the side of the humble, of those who defend Mother Earth, our water resources and our indigenous land,” Diaguita leader Maglene Campillay said after the ruling.


Last year, Chile’s environmental regulator blocked work at Barrick Gold Corp.’s (TSX:ABX) $8.5 billion Pascua-Lama project.


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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.