Day: May 26, 2020

Amazon Frontlines – A Voice for The Indigenous People of the Amazon Saving Ecosystems. 


Dear Mark,

Today is an important day in the fight for justice in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Victims of a major oil spill, which occurred last month and has wreaked havoc on local ecosystems and the health of indigenous communities, will testify in a virtual hearing before a judge.

This hearing will give the Amazon Frontlines team and our partners an official venue to make a strong case in our lawsuit against the government and oil companies. Although we can’t pack an actual courtroom today in solidarity, we want to make sure the voices of indigenous communities harmed by this disaster resonate across the world.

We have recorded their “virtual testimonies” for you, and now we need your help amplifying their stories.

Please listen and share these audio testimonies to ensure that justice is served!


Around 120,000 people living along the Coca and Napo Rivers have been impacted by the spill, a tragedy that could have been avoided if the State and oil companies had heeded warnings from experts months before the pipelines broke.
In Kichwa indigenous communities along the river, mothers and fathers have been documenting mysterious rashes and irritation on their children’s skin since the spill. Massive flooding has sent the oil into creeks and gardens where families grow food, making it nearly impossible to avoid contact with the contamination. Emergency supplies dropped off by the oil companies have been woefully insufficient, so we have been organizing alongside our indigenous partners to deliver humanitarian aid.

Share these first-hand accounts from the plaintiffs to hold the government and oil companies accountable today.

Hear plaintiff Carlos Jipa, President of the regional Kichwa peoples’ indigenous federation, FCUNAE, describe the impact of the oil spill on the river and his people, as well as Monsignor Adalberto Jímenez, a Catholic bishop who joined the lawsuit to defend the rights of affected indigenous peoples and rural communities.

You will also hear Amazon Frontlines’ head lawyer for the case, Maria Espinosa, describe our simple and clear demands: that the government conduct environmental remediation, provide relief to impacted communities, and take steps to ensure this never happens again.

Please stand with indigenous communities today in their fight for justice.

Thank you,

Brian Parker
Senior Attorney, Rights Defenders
Amazon Frontlines



















Spain: The bullfighting industry is broke

Bullfighting celebrations are not the second show in this country by a number of spectators, as they claim from the bullfighting sector, but the tenth, behind football, cinema, monuments and sites, museums, current music concerts, and classical music, exhibitions, theater and art galleries.

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The bullfighting sector is the show that gets the lowest mark in relation to the interest it arouses among citizens.

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On May 22, the spokesperson for the Toro de Lidia Foundation, Chapu Apaolaza, assured during a debate on the program “La Mañana” on TV1, that bullfighting is the second mass spectacle below football. And so they have been proclaiming for years, the different representatives of the bullfighting world.

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Only 8% of Spaniards went to a bullring in 2019, according to the “Survey of Cultural Habits and Practices” in Spain.

The cinema, the second show that brings together the most people after soccer, was attended by 57.8 percent of those surveyed.

It is followed by monuments (49.3%), museums (40.5%), current music concerts (30.1%), art exhibitions (29.8%), theater (24.5%), archaeological sites (21.8%), and classical music concerts (9.4%), which outperform bull shows for the first time in public.

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Bullfighting, in tenth place, next to ballet

The “Survey of Cultural Habits and Practices” in Spain 2018 – 2019 is a sample investigation directed at a sample of 16 thousand people aged 15 years and over residing in Spain, and the 2018-2019 results indicate that 57.8 percent of respondents went to the cinema, the second show that brings together the most people after football.

The tenth place would be in attendance ballet/dance and bulls, with 8 percent.

Only the opera and the zarzuela would be behind, with 3.3 and 1.5%, the archives consultation (7.1%), or the circus (7.3%).

In addition, the study’s authors found that interest in bullfighting decreased from 2.5 to 2.3 compared to 2015.
It is the lowest grade of all cultural activities as it is the only one that generates strong social rejection.

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And I mean…Unfortunately, these statistics do not tell us how many Spaniards are against bullfighting.
If one does not attend bullfighting, it does not necessarily mean that he is also against it.

There are also many people who don’t go to the theater, but most of them (at least in Germany) agree that theater should be subsidized with public money.

When the bullfighting was recognized as a national cultural heritage on November 7, 2013, the bull mafia was delighted.
Because that would mean subsidizing taxpayers’ money.
But business has been going bad for years and now is worse in the Corona Krisis.

The bullfighting industry expects a loss of 200 million euros.
Now would be the right time to end the matter once and for all.

Nevertheless, even the left-wing government of PSOE and Podemos, (the latter declared itself to be the enemies of this spectacle), have so far not dared to put an end to the bloody spectacle. Behind it are a strong lobby and powerful industry.

My best regards to all, Venus

Leading Cardiologist Says Saturated Fat Should Be ‘Off The Menu’ For Causing Heart Disease.


Leading Cardiologist Says Saturated Fat Should Be ‘Off The Menu’ For Causing Heart Disease


The study ‘demonstrated unequivocally that reducing dietary saturated fat lowered the risk of combined CVD events by 21 percent’

Plant Based News

May 24, 2020



'The Big Fat War is Over' (Photo: Edited by Plant Based News)


Leading cardiologist Joel Kahn, MD has announced saturated fat should be ‘off the menu’ as it causes heart disease.

The medical expert penned an Op-Ed for The Beet titled ‘The Big Fat War is Over’ – following a recent paper published by the Cochrane Library analyzing the relationship between dietary saturated fat and cardiovascular disease.

‘It’s huge’

“The Cochrane Review demonstrated unequivocally that reducing dietary saturated fat lowered the risk of combined CVD events by 21 percent. That may not sound like a lot, but in scientific terms it’s huge,” Kahn wrote.

“Further analysis showed that the greater the reduction in dietary saturated fat, the greater the drop in the risk of CVD events. This was true both for people who had no prior history of heart events, and those who had. In fact the reduction in sat far was even more powerful for those who did have known heart disease.”


Speaking to Klaus Mitchell, Founder of Plant Based News, Kahn discussed how this study could affect future dietary guidelines.

“Now we have ammunition to go to the USDA and ask them can we incorporate [sic] – there are already recommendations that you limit saturated fat in the diet,” he said.

“They have a comment in the current guidelines in the US – ‘as little cholesterol as possible’ – and I believe it’s less than seven percent of the calories in the diet should be from saturated fat.

‘Tighter’ recommendations

“Now with this new big Cochrane database study we need to go back to when there are hearings and an opportunity for appearances at Congress to call for even tighter recommended reductions.

“Because that does translate to school meals and intuitional meals and dollars that are spent in this country. And more beans will be bought and less beef; and more water will be bought and less full-fat dairy; and there’ll be more salads and less cheese because that’s how the dollars are spent based on the guidelines. So we need to get politically active.”



You can read the paper here