TDB Top 5 International Stories: Saturday 29th October 2016




5: There’s another war on the horizon, and it’s both tragic and terrifying

A new report has revealed the source of future war. And its prediction is both tragic and terrifying in equal measure.

The report

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has just released its 2016 report on its Living Planet Index (LPI).

The report insists that a scarcity of natural resources will be the cause of future conflicts. And that scarcity is almost guaranteed because humanity is on course to deplete the populations of numerous species in a dramatic way.

To be exact, we will lose two thirds of the entire population of the world’s wild animals by 2020.

On course for war

The LPI is based on comprehensive research, compiled by the WWF and researchers from the Zoological Society of London. 14,152 populations of 3,706 vertebrate species (mammals, birds, fishes, amphibians and reptiles) from around the world form the basis of its findings.

From 1970 to 2012, there was a 58% decline in the populations of these wild animals. If this continues, we’ll lose 67% of them by 2020. We depend on the ecosystem these species provide for our air, water, energy and food, among other things. So their loss will affect us greatly. The report identifies the specific consequences of that loss:

The Canary 

4: If Clinton Campaign Believes WikiLeaks Emails Are Forged, Why Don’t They Prove It?

TOP DEMOCRATS HAVE repeatedly waved off substantial questions arising from their hacked emails by falsely implying that some of them are forgeries created by Russian hackers.

The problem with that is that no one has found a single case of anything forged among the information released from hacks of either Clinton campaign or Democratic Party officials.

The strategy dates all the way back to a conference call with Democratic lawmakers in August. Politico reported that a number of Democratic strategists suggested that Russian hackers — who have been blamed by U.S. intelligence agencies for supplying the emails to Wikileaks and other web sites — could sprinkle false data among the real information.

Since then, despite the complete lack of evidence to support such a claim, it’s become a common dodge among leading Democrats and the Clinton campaign when asked questions about the substance of the emails.

The Intercept


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3: “A Shameful Moment for This Country”: Report Back on Militarized Police Raid of DAPL Resistance Camp

We go to Standing Rock, North Dakota, for an update on how hundreds of police with military equipment raided a resistance camp Thursday that was established by Native American water protectors in the path of the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. More than 100 officers in riot gear with automatic rifles lined up across a highway, flanked by multiple MRAPs, an LRAD sound cannon, Humvees driven by National Guardsmen, an armored police truck and a bulldozer. Water protectors say police deployed tear gas, mace, pepper spray and flash-bang grenades and bean bag rounds against the Native Americans and shot rubber bullets at their horses. “We learned a lot about the relationship of North Dakota to Native people,” says Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth. “I was standing next to a group of teenagers that were all maced in the face. … Myself, I actually was almost shot in the face by bean bag round.”

Democracy Now


2: Hillary Clinton demands FBI explain review of new batch of emails

Hillary Clinton called on the FBI to “immediately” explain its review of a new batch of emails that the agency said appeared to be pertinent to the previous investigation into her use of a private server.

Addressing reporters on Friday, the Democratic presidential nominee said it was “imperative” for American voters to have all of the information with just 11 days remaining before the presidential election.

“The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately,” Clinton said during a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa. “It’s imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without further delay.”

“We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetimes.”

The Guardian


1: ISIL ‘using thousands as human shields’ in Iraq’s Mosul

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant appears to be using tens of thousands of people as “human shields” in and around Mosul, where Iraqi forces are waging an offensive aimed at retaking the country’s second biggest city.

The UN human rights office also said on Friday it received reports of more than 200 people being killed for refusing to follow orders from ISIL, also known as ISIS, or previously belonging to Iraqi security forces.

It said “credible reports” suggested ISIL had been forcing tens of thousands from their homes in districts around Mosul.