Or, more accurately, radio silence about Cancún in America’s bread-and-circus television news show. DemocracyNow reports:
We reviewed the transcripts of last week’s evening news broadcasts on ABC, CBS and NBC, the Cancun [Climate] talks are not mentioned a single time on any of the networks.
So, why have our public-opinion manufacturers tuned down their broadcast signals on the defining crisis of our century? From whom are they hiding? Perhaps from the hacktivists supporting freedom of information defenders like WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks recently exposed how the Obama administration used development funding bribes to hi-jack the climate talks away from the relatively democratic forum of the United Nations and the legally-binding Kyoto Protocol, and into the extremely undemocratic forum of the G20. (Read excerpt below.)
Perhaps the corporate courtiers are protecting shareholders and the bewildered herd from seeing these images of indigenous peoples and campesinos – those who deal daily with the devastating impacts of climate change the global warming economy – rising up.
For on-the-ground coverage of the Cancun Climate talks check out the following:
Indigenous Environmental Network’s: http://redroadcancun.com/
Internet Radio put out by Diálogo Climático-Espacio Mexicano: http://climaradio.dialogoclimatico.org
More Info on the U.S. bribing countries to accept the “Copenhagen Accord.”
The WikiLeaks cables help explain what happened. One of the most outspoken critics of developed countries in the lead-up to Copenhagen, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Republic of Maldives, a nation of small islands in the Indian Ocean, ultimately signed on to the Copenhagen Accord. A secret U.S. State Department memo leaked via WikiLeaks, dated Feb. 10, 2010, summarized the consultations of the newly appointed Maldives ambassador to the U.S., Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed. The memo reports that the ambassador said, when meeting with U.S. deputy special envoy for climate change Jonathan Pershing, “Maldives would like to see that small countries, like Maldives, that are at the forefront of the climate debate, receive tangible assistance from the larger economies. Other nations would then come to realize that there are advantages to be gained by compliance.” He asked for $50 million, for projects to protect the Maldives from rising sea levels.
Pershing appears in a related memo, dated a week after the Maldives memo, regarding a meeting he had with Connie Hedegaard, the European commissioner for climate action, who played a key role in Copenhagen, as she does in Cancun. According to the memo, “Hedegaard suggested the AOSIS (Alliance of Small Island States) countries ‘could be our best allies’ given their need for financing.” Another memo from Feb. 17, 2010, reported, “Hedegaard responded that we will need to work around unhelpful countries such as Venezuela or Bolivia.” That was from a meeting with deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs Michael Froman. The memo went on, “Froman agreed that we will need to neutralize, co-opt or marginalize these and others such as Nicaragua, Cuba, Ecuador.”
The message is clear: Play along with the U.S., and the aid will flow. Oppose, and be punished.
I can’t wait to see Evo Morales, “first indigenous President of Bolivia” and supporter of the Cochabamba World People’s Accord on Climate Change the Rights of Mother Earth, speak tomorrow.