Category Archives: South America

GCSB spying reports: Brazil demands an explanation from New Zealand

NZherald
27 March 2015

Brazilian diplomat Roberto Azevedo

 Brazil has demanded an explanation from New Zealand after reports New Zealand’s foreign intelligence agency the GCSB spied on its campaign to get Brazilian diplomat Roberto Azevedo elected as Secretary General of the World Trade Organisation in 2013 – successfully.

Brazil media have reported that New Zealand’s ambassador in Sao Paulo, Caroline Bilkey, was summoned by the Secretary General of Brazil’s foreign ministry (MRE), Sergio Danese, to explain. Continue reading GCSB spying reports: Brazil demands an explanation from New Zealand

Water hoarding begins in Brazil as one of the world’s largest cities runs out of water

Natural News
March 14, 2015
J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) The historic drought gripping South America’s largest nation is deepening, leading to rationing and forcing residents in one of the world’s biggest cities to hoard water.

As reported by Reuters, besides hoarding, Brazilians in Sao Paulo are drilling homemade wells and implementing additional emergency measures ahead of forced rationing that could lead to water being shut off at taps for as long as five days a week. Continue reading Water hoarding begins in Brazil as one of the world’s largest cities runs out of water

Snowden revelations: Nicky Hager and Ryan Gallagher: New Zealand’s spy reach stretches across globe

NZ Herald
11 March 2015

Documents expose discrepancies between country’s secret agenda and official foreign policy.

China is one of the countries targeted for GCSB spying.

New Zealand spies on Vietnam, China, India, Pakistan, South American nations and a range of other countries to help fill gaps in worldwide surveillance operations by the United States National Security Agency (NSA), documents show.

Read also: Spy agency’s cyber tactic revealed

The documents, obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and shared with the Herald, highlight discrepancies between secret and official foreign policy adopted by New Zealand. They expose the extent of Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) contributions to the Five Eyes, a surveillance alliance New Zealand is part of alongside the US, Britain, Canada, and Australia. Continue reading Snowden revelations: Nicky Hager and Ryan Gallagher: New Zealand’s spy reach stretches across globe

Venezuela’s food supply collapses, headed toward 1000% inflation as Health Ranger launches non-electric food grow system that produces food for pennies

Natural News
March 10, 2015
Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

(NaturalNews) The coming global food crisis really hit home for me last year. I saw droughts destroying crops across California and food inflation worsening almost everywhere.

Collapsing water supplies and radical weather patterns have only accelerated the crisis, and while food may appear to be abundant on grocery store shelves, the retail presentation of abundant food is a thin veneer, under which lies a fragile food supply wholly dependent on just-in-time deliveries, stable weather patterns, cheap water and cheap fossil fuels.

The federal government’s official inflation statistics are lies, of course, and government statisticians intentionally downplay the rising cost of food that’s now putting quality, organic produce out of reach for even well-to-do Americans. In reality, food inflation is already in the double digits in America, with some experts predicting food prices may now begin to double every 3 – 4 years. Continue reading Venezuela’s food supply collapses, headed toward 1000% inflation as Health Ranger launches non-electric food grow system that produces food for pennies

Bible lessons lead to court

NZ Stuff
February 22 2015
Laura Walters

SECULAR SYSTEM? Violet McClintock, 9, with her parents, Lisa Reynolds and Jeff McClintock

A father is taking his child’s school and the attorney-general to the High Court in a landmark case over school Bible lessons.

Things turned sour between the school in Red Beach, a suburb on the Hibiscus Coast, and Jeff McClintock after his daughter, Violet, now nine, was placed in Bible classes without parental permission.

One of the Bible class teachers from Life in Focus Trust, a volunteer who was not a qualified teacher, said parents did not need to be notified because the classes were “history lessons” as the Bible was factually correct.

The school operated an “opt out” system, but McClintock said despite opting out, Violet was repeatedly put back in.

After numerous complaints, McClintock was bringing his case against Red Beach School Board of Trustees for breaching its duties under the Education Act 1989 and against the attorney-general for passing legislation that was inconsistent with the New Zealand Bill of Rights. Continue reading Bible lessons lead to court

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