whaling overview; global governance model

Japanese whalers attack conservationist whale-protector ship in whale sanctuary waters
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very recently the tables turned against the Japanese whalers:
but Japanese whaler struck back in the last day or so:

Hunt said that while the alleged incident occurred in New Zealand waters he had ordered an investigation and briefing on the matter.

“This must be a message to both parties – whalers and protesters – these are dangerous waters, nobody can play any games with safety, nobody can play any games with international maritime law,” Hunt told ABC Radio.

“Everyone must abide by the law and of course if there is evidence that either party has breached international maritime law we will raise it.”

The commercial hunting of whales is banned in the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary, but Japan catches (kills) the mammals under a “scientific research” clause in the moratorium.  (like they kill dolphins en masse)   http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/03/australia-to-investigate-claim-japanese-whalers-rammed-sea-shepherd-ship

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12-26-13   “Our governments remain resolutely opposed to commercial whaling, including so-called ‘scientific’ whaling, in particular in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary established by the International Whaling Commission. Lethal research techniques are not required for modern whale conservation and management. We will continue to engage on this matter,” they said.

Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States are committed to improving the conservation status of whales worldwide, maintaining the International Whaling Commission’s global moratorium on commercial whaling, and implementing meaningful reform of the International Whaling Commission.

However, Sea Shepherd, the international nonprofit conservation organization that for the past nine years has intervened to save whales from the Japanese harpoons, claims that Australia’s new Liberal government led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott has abandoned its pre-election promise to send a customs vessel to monitor Japan’s whaling in the Southern Ocean this summer.

Sea Shepherd Australia will be present when the whaling fleet arrives for the summer months and says it will be the only party able to intervene against their “illegal” operations. The legality of Japanese whaling is currenlty being decided by the International Court of Justice.  http://ens-newswire.com/2013/12/26/battle-lines-drawn-for-2013-2014-antarctic-whaling-season/

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12-26-13    “Quite the contrary, this is a legitimate right of the contracting party under Article VIII of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling,” Japanese foreign ministry said.

Brown described “massive violence” against the whales, using grenade-tipped harpoons to catch them, and said Sea Shepherd would do “all it peaceably can to prevent this grotesque and cruel destruction”, also urging Australia and New Zealand to take action.  “There is nothing scientific about this, it is butchery,” Brown said.  “The one thing that’s missing here is gumption — a bit of spine in Canberra and in Wellington to put an end to it.”

Australia has taken Japan to the International Court of Justice at The Hague seeking to have its research whaling programme declared illegal, with a ruling due this year.  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/06/anti-whaling-activists-sea-shepherd-catch-japanese-fleet-slaughtering-four-whales-inside-sanctuary/

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12-14-13 

Giants of the deep: Icelandic whalers cut open a 35-tonne fin whale, caught off the coast of Hvalfjsrour, north of Reykjavik.

Giants of the deep: Icelandic whalers cut open a 35-tonne fin whale, caught off the coast of Hvalfjsrour, north of Reykjavik. Photo: AFP

 

Reykjavik: Iceland says it will increase its 2014 quotas for whaling in a move likely to intensify international condemnation of the practice.

The country’s fishing ministry said the hunting and killing of minke whales would be increased by  6 per cent, from 216 in 2013 to 229 in 2014….Since it resumed whaling in 2006, despite an international moratorium, Iceland along with Norway has come in for furious criticism from environmental groups and some other countries.  Icelanders eat little whale meat, and most of the catch is sent to the Japanese market.

Japan also hunts whales, but qualifies the activity as scientific research, even though whale meat finds its way to its restaurants.  http://www.smh.com.au/world/iceland-increases-2014-whaling-quotas-20131214-hv5p7.html#ixzz2sHt4BQtY

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“We will not be taking any questions on the specifics of the Spanish situation.”

And there you have it: the perfect summation of how our new technocratic system of governance functions in Europe today. A small clique of four empty suits rides into town, announces “recommendations” for economic reforms — reforms that will continue to suck the life-blood out of the Spanish economy – refuses to answer even the most innocent question on said reforms, and then rides back to wherever it came from.

In this new model of governance, difficult questions must never be asked. If they are asked, they must never be answered — for the simple reason that the IMF, the ECB, and the European Commission do not have plausible answers to such questions. In this video Klaus Masuch, a European Central Bank official, mumbles, stumbles, and squirms his way through a steady onslaught of probing questions from a seasoned Irish journalist. At the end of his merciless interrogation, the Irish journalist says:

This isn’t good enough. You people are intervening in this society causing huge damage while requiring us to make payments not for the benefit of anyone in Ireland but for the benefit of European financial institutions. Now could you explain why the Irish people are inflicted with its burden?

A damn good question, and one that merits an answer, but instead was met with a wall of silence, followed by all manner of evasive tactics. http://www.testosteronepit.com/home/2014/2/1/new-model-of-governance-in-bailout-europe-silence-lies-and-e.html
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