The oldest continuously operating library in the world is in this Egyptian monastery.

St. Catherines Monastery

But the monastery, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, also holds other places of honor. For example, it accommodates the oldest continuously operating active library in the world. 

From the day it was founded in the 6th century (between 548 and 565, according to chronicles), the library of St. Catherine at Mount Sinai has never closed its doors. Built during the reign of Justinian I, the monastery was originally sponsored by the mother of Constantine the Great, Empress Helena. Its walls are still home to ancient Roman scrolls dating back to the days when the monastery itself was founded, which makes St. Catherine’s the second largest collection of codices and manuscripts in the world, right after the Vatican Library in Rome. In fact, from this monastery comes the famous Codex Sinaiticus, the biblical text dated to the year 345

The Spiders Web: Britains Second Empire

Britains Second Empire

 

The Raj

At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth is hidden in British jurisdictions and Britain and its dependencies are the largest global players in the world of international finance. 


The Spiders Web: Britains Second Empire – The Documentary

 

 

  

The Spider’s Web Documentary was substantially inspired by Nicholas Shaxson’s book Treasure Islands you can read an extract of it here: Read More

The Truth About Tax Havens

The truth about tax havens 

Jersey

As the river of money flowing into Jersey became a tide, he expressed unease about the origins of some of it, much of it from Africa, but he was brushed aside.

The concentration of extremist attitudes in Jersey was self-reinforcing, as Christensen explains. “Most liberal people like myself left,” he said. “My socially liberal friends from school, almost all of them left Jersey to go to university, and almost all of them didn’t go back. I can’t tell you how dark it felt.” He almost left, but was persuaded to stay by academic researcher Mark Hampton, who was putting together a framework for understanding tax havens and convinced him how important it was to understand the system from the inside. “I went undercover,” Christensen said, “not to dish the dirt on individuals and companies, but because I couldn’t understand it – and none of the academics I spoke to could either. There was no useful literature.”

Jersey is riddled with elite, secretive insider networks, typically linked to the financial sector. Read More 

Read in conjunction with The Spiders Web: Britiains Second Empire

 

White House blocked intelligence agency’s written testimony calling climate change ‘possibly catastrophic’

White House officials barred a State Department intelligence agency from submitting written testimony this week to the House Intelligence Committee warning that human-caused climate change is “possibly catastrophic.” The move came after State officials refused to excise the document’s references to federal scientific findings on climate change.

Rapid melting at Glacier National Park

The effort to edit, and ultimately suppress, the prepared testimony by the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research comes as the Trump administration is debating how best to challenge the fact that burning fossil fuels is warming the planet and could pose serious risks unless the world makes deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. Senior military and intelligence officials have continued to warn that climate change could undermine the United States’ national security — a position President Trump rejects.

Officials from the White House’s Office of Legislative Affairs, Office of Management and Budget and National Security Council all raised objections to parts of the testimony that Rod Schoonover, who works in the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, prepared to present on the bureau’s behalf for a hearing Wednesday.

The document lays out in stark detail the implications of what the administration faces in light of rising carbon emissions that the world has not curbed. https://wapo.st/30ehMmW

Miami by 2100

Miami 5 Ft. Underwater By 2100 [VIDEO] – Science Vibe

 

 

Miami, Florida

 

 

 Miami Was 30 Ft. Underwater Only 120,000 Year Ago. “If one wants to see evidence if a higher sea, downtown Miami is a good place,” says Daniel Muhs, a United States Geological geologist. He has studied rocks from the Eemian Interglacial Period which began 130,000 years ago and ended a mere 15,000 years ago. Rocks that he found 25 feet above sea level in downtown Miami.  The seas were 20-30 ft higher and the global temperature was believed to be about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer. The seas were fed by ice melt from Greenland and Antartica, and scientists are concerned it is going to happen again. “Welcome to rising sea levels,” says Hal Wanless, the chairman of the University of Miami’s geological-sciences department.

 

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, sea levels could rise by more than three feet by 2100; and the United States Army Corps of Engineers says that the seas could rise by as much as five feet; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts up to six and a half feet. According to Wanless, all these projections are probably low. In his office, Wanless keeps a jar of meltwater he collected from the Greenland ice sheet. He likes to point out that there is plenty more where that came from

 

Miami is one of the first US cities to experience the effects of climate change. But they’re not the only one. Several locations around the world face a grim future if climate change remains unabated.

  

(http://sciencevibe.com/2016/04/27/miami-was-30-ft-underwater-only-120000

Indigenous Women Mobilize to Resist Bolsonaro

Indigenous Women March In Brazil

 AMAZON WATCH » Indigenous Women Mobilize to Resist Bolsonaro

 Yesterday, nearly 3,000 indigenous women leaders from across Brazil staged a mobilization in the nation’s capital as part of the country’s first Indigenous Women’s March. Entitled “Territory: our body, our spirit,” this historic gathering was in response to escalating violations of indigenous rights under the Bolsonaro government, as native peoples and their lands fall increasingly under assault. 

Organized by Brazil’s National Indigenous Movement and its convening organization APIB (the Articulation of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples), the mobilization aimed to halt the government’s mounting socio-environmental rollbacks by strengthening women’s protagonism and capacity to guarantee the human rights of native peoples, particularly through the preservation of the vast forests under indigenous stewardship. Read More

 

 

Underwater Chemical Weapons Release Their Toxin in UK Town

Underwater Chemical Weapons Release Their Toxin in UK Town

 

 

 

Unexploded Chemical Weapons

 

 Two people were taken to hospital and hundreds evacuated in the drama – with a two-mile cordon closing down the seaside town’s famous promenade.

 

Locals were warned to keep their windows and doors firmly shut while witnesses described people “heaving and retching” after being exposed to the sea air.

 

It is now thought the plume could have come from one of dozens of cargo vessels and munitions ships containing weapons and poisonous gas that were sunk in the English Channel during World War One and Two.

 

Chemicals were also sealed in concrete containers and dumped in the sea by both sides at the end of the conflicts.

 

Decades after the wars, it is feared the “rusting timebombs” are now rupturing in stormy seas – causing deadly gases to bubble up to the surface and then drift along the sea surface and onto the coast.

 

Terrance P. Long, Chairman, International Dialogue on Underwater Munition (IDUM) Read More