HOW OBAMA’S CLIMATE CHANGE LEGACY IS WEAKENED BY U.S. INVESTMENT IN DIRTY FUEL...

Nov 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Guardian Climate change Exclusive: an agency inside the Obama administration poured billions into fossil fuel projects that will lead to global carbon emissions on a damaging scale.   Obama’s complicated legacy on climate change Asaf Shalev, Michael Phillis, Elah Feder and Susanne Rust  THE GUARDIAN President Barack Obama has staked his legacy on the environment, positioning his administration as the most progressive on climate change in US history. However, an obscure agency within his own administration has quietly spoiled his record by helping fund a steady outpouring of new overseas fossil fuel emissions – effectively erasing gains expected from his headline clean power plan or fuel efficiency standards. Since January 2009, the US Export-Import Bank has signed almost $34bn worth of low-interest loans and guarantees to companies and foreign governments to build,...

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TRIBAL GROUP STOPS DISASTROUS CALIFORNIA LANDFILL PROJECT...

Nov 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment A decades-long fight to protect one of the most ecologically sensitive and culturally important places in San Diego county is over. By Damon Nagami / NRDC  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: NRDC A disastrous landfill project in San Diego County got trashed when the Pala Band of Mission Indians recently announced it is buying part of the land the project had been planned for. The sale ends a decades-long fight to protect one of the most ecologically sensitive and culturally important places in the region, including the waters of the San Luis Rey River. Gregory Canyon was never a good place for a dump. A landfill on the pristine, undeveloped site in northern San Diego County would have desecrated Native American sacred sites, created traffic hazards, put the local waters at risk, and destroyed threatened and endangered species’...

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TENNESSEE WILDFIRE IS ‘UNLIKE ANYTHING WE’VE EVER SEEN’ (VIDEO)...

Nov 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment It’s unclear if the Southeast will become wetter or drier due to climate change—and that will have a big influence on future wildfire activity. By Brian Kahn / Climate Central  VIA ALTERNET The Whitewater-Baldy Complex wildfire in Gila National Forest, New Mexico Photo Credit: NASA Crews have been battling the Southeast’s spate of freakish fall fires since late Monday night. Tinderbox conditions and powerful winds whipped up a firestorm in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, forcing the evacuation of at least 14,000 residents from the gateway communities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Fleeing residents documented a harrowing nighttime escape on social media as flames licked the side of the road and smoke clogged the air. “This is a fire for the history books,” Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner said. “It’s unlike anything we’ve ever...

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BETSY DE VOS’ PLAN TO DESTROY PUBLIC EDUCATION...

Nov 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   BILL BERKOWITZ FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT (Photo: Prosavage2600)Betsy DeVos, Present-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Education, has, as Douglas N. Harris recently wrote in an Op-Ed in The New York Times, “sent shock waves through the educational establishment.” And that is probably what Team Trump hoped would happen and continues to happen when DeVos takes office. Several years before being tapped by Trump, Americans United’s Rob Boston observed, “DeVos’ goal is nothing short of a radical re-creation of education in the United States, with tax-supported religious and other private schools replacing the traditional public school system.” Betsy DeVos is a billionaire philanthropist, a longtime funder of multiple right-wing causes and candidates, and an ardent supporter of school vouchers/charter schools/privatization of public schools. DeVos, and her brother, Erik Prince –...

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HOW THE ACTIVE MANY CAN OVERCOME THE RUTHLESS FEW...

Nov 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Nonviolent direct action was the 20th century’s greatest invention—and it is the key to saving the earth in the 21st century. By Bill McKibbenTwitter  THE NATION Illustration by Curt Merlo. I know what you want from me—what we all want—which is some small solace after the events of Election Day. My wife Sue Halpern and I have been talking nonstop for days, trying to cope with the emotions. I fear I may not be able to provide that balm, but I do offer these remarks in the spirit of resistance to that which we know is coming. We need to figure out how to keep the lights on, literally and figuratively, and all kinds of darkness at bay. Adapted from the inaugural Jonathan Schell Memorial Lecture on the Fate of the Earth, created...

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YOU WERE BORN FOR THIS TIME: 12 POST-ELECTION IDEAS FROM FRONT-LINE ORGANIZATIONS...

Nov 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   BILL QUIGLEY FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT (Photo: Genusfotografen)When you find yourself in a suddenly darkened room, what do you do?   Some rush blindly to where they think the door might be.  Others stand still, let their eyes get adjusted to the different environment, re-orient themselves, then cautiously and sensitively, move forward.  Some search out people who might be able to show the way.  Post-election, a lot of people are re-assessing and searching for the best way forward.  Here are some ideas on where we should be going and what we should be doing from experienced, thoughtful people who are organizing on the front lines. One:  You Were Born for This Time My friend, Cherri Foytlin, a mother who lives in rural Louisiana in a deeply Republican area, gives her life organizing to...

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PUSHING REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (WHILE A REPLACEMENT CAN WAIT)...

Nov 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Mark Trahant  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE The following was originally published at Trahant Reports President-elect Donald Trump and Congress are moving quickly to reshape health care, including the Indian Health system. And so far the path looks to be chaotic. First, the who: The Trump administration will be led on health care issues by Tom Price, a Georgia physician, a persistant critic of the Affordable Care Act, and a member of Congress. Seema Verma will be the next Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. As a consultant Verma has helped conservative governors, including the Vice President-elect Mike Pence, implement Medicaid expansion. And let’s be clear about their task. As the president-elect said, “he is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every...

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#NODAPL LIVE BLOG: ‘WATER PROTECTORS’ FILE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT...

Nov 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG     Nearly a foot of snow has blanketed Standing Rock since Monday. (Standing Rock Rising / Facebook) Editor’s note: Scroll down to see the live multimedia updates embedded in the Evrybit story at the bottom of this post. Read Truthdig contributor Donald Kaufman’s firsthand accounts of the water protector movement here and here. 10:17 a.m. PST Wednesday: Yesterday, “water protectors” sued those allegedly responsible for excessive force during peaceful demonstrations. Indian Country Today Media Network reports: On Monday November 28 the Water Protector Legal Collective (formerly the Red Owl Legal Collective) sued Morton County, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier and other law enforcement agencies in U.S. District Court for their alleged use of “excessive force against peaceful water protectors” on Sunday, November 20, when rubber bullets, mace, pepper spray and freezing...

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THE TPP WASN’T KILLED BY DONALD TRUMP — OUR PROTESTS WORKED...

Nov 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] We the people can create change by standing together. This is crucial to remember for the next four years  THE GUARDIAN ‘An unprecedented, international uprising of people from across the political spectrum took on some of the most powerful institutions in the world, and won.’ Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Evan Greer, Tom Morello and Evangeline Lilly   THE GUARDIAN.COM Monday 28 November 2016 07.00 EST The reports are rolling in: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead. If you read the obituaries, most news outlets seem to agree that the cause of death was simple: the election of Donald Trump, who railed against the deal during his campaign. But the pundits have the story wrong. The real story is that an unprecedented, international uprising of people from across the political spectrum took on some of the...

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MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS MARCH AGAINST ISIS DURING PILGRAMAGE AND MAINSTREAM COMPLETELY IGNORES IT...

Nov 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Matt Agorist THEFREETHOUGHTPROJECT.COM   In one of the largest organized marches in the history of the world, tens of millions of Shia Muslims made an incredibly heartening statement, by risking their lives to travel through war-stricken areas to openly defy ISIS. This massive event that would have undoubtedly helped to ease tensions in the West was almost entirely ignored by corporate media. Women, men, elderly, and children made their way to the city of Karbala on Sunday and Monday last week for the holy day of Arbaeen. Arbaeen is the event which marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual that commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein in 680 AD. As the Independent reports, massive crowds paid homage to the shrines of Imam Hussein and...

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TRUMP GIVES PETRAEUS A PASS

Nov 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Defense The candidate who threatened to lock up Clinton for mishandling classified information considers a retired general who pleaded guilty to leaking secrets to be his top diplomat. By Bryan Bender  POLITICO.COM 11/28/16 07:36 PM EST “Gen. Petraeus’ service to his country was cut short by mistakes he made and acknowledged,” Mike Morell, who served as his deputy at CIA, told POLITICO. “The nation would be lucky if he were able to serve again.” | Getty Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for classified State Department emails made her unfit for high office. But that isn’t stopping him from considering David Petraeus, who pleaded guilty to knowingly leaking secret government files — and lying to the feds about it — for secretary of state. Trump’s hourlong meeting Monday with...

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MOMA’S ‘INSECURITIES’ EXHIBITION EXAMINES GLOBAL DISPLACEMENT AND SHELTER...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] INHABITAT   ‘insecurities: tracing displacement and shelter’ — an exhibition on view at new york’s MoMA until january 22, 2017 — explores how architecture, art, and design have addressed contemporary notions of shelter, as seen through migration and global refugee emergencies. organized by sean anderson and arièle dionne-krosnick, the display brings together a rich variety of works that respond to the complex circumstances brought about by forced displacement. ifo 2, dadaab refugee camp. brendan bannon. 2011 (main image: nizip II, container camp. tobias hutzler, 2014)     the MoMA exhibition shines a spotlight on present-day conditions that challenge conventional images of the built environment. the curators examine how the prevalence of shelters and refugee camps, situated across the globe, call into question the safety that they supposedly represent. responding to recent figures suggesting...

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WARREN SLAMS CURE BILL AS HANDOUT TO BIG PHARMA...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Peter Sullivan – THE HILL.COM   © Getty Images Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday slammed a bipartisan medical innovation bill as a handout to “Big Pharma,” saying on the Senate floor that she would oppose the measure. Warren, a leading progressive champion, accused Republicans of going back on their deal to balance measures to speed up the approval process for new drugs with more money for medical research. She said the funding in the latest version of the bill, $4.8 billion over 10 years, is far too little for what is needed at the National Institutes of Health and other agencies. “[Republicans] have reneged on that promise and let Big Pharma hijack the cures bill,” Warren said. “This final deal has only a tiny fig leaf of funding, for NIH and...

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VACCINE? YES OR NO

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] NEWLIFE Newsletter  (ARTICLE FROM JUNE-AUGUST ISSUE)   Hello NEWLIFERS, Welcome to our awesome issue which combines NEWLIFE Magazine with the NEWLIFE HEALTH, WELLNESS, YOGA, RAW FOOD EXPO Magazine so you can have one double issue where you can not only see what is happening in the expo at the Hotel Pennsylvania on 7th Avenue & 33rd Street on Saturday, June 11, from 10am-9pm, but also read articles from and about some of our keynote speakers. Sifu Matthew is back again this year all weekend at the expo and his article explains how by changing your frequency you can change your life. After reading his article you will be lining up to see him at the expo. If you haven’t experienced Kat James yet, read her article and learn how by managing the foods...

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6 Ways Your Diet Can Help Combat Post-Trump Stress Disorder...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food A healthy, balanced diet can help alleviate post-election anxiety. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet President Barack Obama toasts a glass of beer to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband, Professor Joachim Sauer, in Krun, Germany, Sunday, June 7, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Photo Credit: President Barack Obama toasts a glass of beer to Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany (Pete Souza/WhiteHouse.gov) In her recent article, “American Women Are Suffering from Trump Traumatic Stress Disorder,” Sarah Jones, the publisher of PoliticusUSA, described the negative impact Trump’s victory has had on the gastrointestinal tracts of female voters: At first I thought it was just me. But then all of my friends told me they too were unable to stop crying and in between crying, were throwing up or so nauseated they...

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JOURNALISTS DECRY WASHINGTON POST’S STORY ON SOURCE THAT “BLACKLISTED” TRUTHDIG AND OTHER OUTLETS...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG     The Washington Post headquarters in Washington, D.C. The paper’s report about purportedly pro-Russian propaganda sites implicated more than 200 sources from various points across a wide range of the political spectrum. (Evan Vucci / AP) Editor’s note: Glenn Greenwald’s and other journalists’ criticism (below) refers to a recent Washington Post article that suggested Truthdig and numerous other news outlets were propagandists for Russia. The Post’s story is based on unsubstantiated allegations by an anonymous organization. Truthdig never has and never would propagandize for anyone. A new McCarthyism has emerged in the wake of the contentious 2016 presidential election: Several independent thinkers and independent publications that criticize established power structures and policies have been accused of being pro-Russia propagandists. What’s more, one anonymous source of these accusations has been given wide...

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WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Chris Hedges  TRUTHDIG Mr. Fish / Truthdig We await the crisis. It could be economic. It could be a terrorist attack within the United States. It could be widespread devastation caused by global warming. It could be nationwide unrest as the death spiral of the American empire intensifies. It could be another defeat in our endless and futile wars. The crisis is coming. And when it arrives it will be seized upon by the corporate state, nominally led by a clueless real estate developer, to impose martial law and formalize the end of American democracy. When we look back on this sad, pathetic period in American history we will ask the questions all who have slid into despotism ask. Why were we asleep? How did we allow this to happen? Why...

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PRIEBUS CONFIRMS THAT CLIMATE DENIAL WILL BE THE OFFICIAL POLICY OF TRUMP’S ADMINISTRATION...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Joe Romm Dr. Joe Romm is Founding Editor of Climate Progress, “the indispensable blog,” as NY Times columnist Tom Friedman describes it. Reince Priebus tells Fox News that climate science denial is Trump’s ‘default position.’ Donald Trump with Reince Priebus whom Trump named as his White House chief of staff. CREDIT: AP/Evan Vucci White House chief of staff may be “the second most powerful job in government,” according to James A. Baker III, who had the job under both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. So it matters that the man Trump named his chief of staff, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, embraces Trump’s hard-core climate denial. Priebus appeared on the latest Fox News Sunday to explain Trump’s apparent “major flips on policy this week in an interview with the New York Times,”...

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Bipartisan Unity in a Deep Red State...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Economy A politically diverse coalition fighting predatory lenders in South Dakota offers hope for all of us in a divisive time. By Sarah Anderson / OtherWords   Photo Credit: Bob Crowe/Flickr Creative Commons A couple years ago, two South Dakota men on opposite ends of the political spectrum got into a nasty fight over marriage equality. But after one offered the other an olive branch, they wound up forming a bipartisan alliance that won big this election year. Their story offers important lessons for our divided country. It all began with a Twitter feud between Steve Hildebrand, a gay former Obama campaign adviser, and Steve Hickey, a conservative pastor and former Republican state legislator. To defuse the tension, Hickey decided to invite Hildebrand out for coffee. Eventually, the two men realized they...

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Black America and the Passing of Fidel Castro...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Human Rights Fidel Castro immediately had a special significance for countless Black Americans. By Bill Fletcher, Jr. / AlterNet Photo Credit: U.S. News & World Report collection at the Library of Congress. It is impossible to discuss Fidel Castro outside of an examination of the Cuban Revolution. And, while I hear that there are many Cuban Americans dancing with glee upon news of the death of President Castro, I know that the emotions within Black America are and will continue to be quite different. For any Black American who knows anything about the history of the Western Hemisphere, both Cuba and Haiti have a special significance. Haiti, of course, for successfully ousting the French in 1803 and forming the second republic in the Americas; a Black republic. Cuba, in 1959, kicked out the...

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5 Deeply Obnoxious Things We Learned About Donald Trump This Week...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Election 2016 None of this should be normalized, ever. By Janet Allon / AlterNet   Photo Credit: FlickR/Gage Skidmore Donald Trump spent Thanksgiving week leaking the names of his potential cabinet picks, making Mitt Romney grovel, and turning down security briefings. He also made time to sit down with the New York Times to flatter and lie to them, which seems to have inexplicably fooled the paper of record into saying, Look, he’s not that bad. The next day, the Times ran a piece about how Trump was “diversifying” his cabinet appointments because he gave Nikki Haley a job for which he has no respect and she has no qualifications, U.N. representative. His appointments ping-ponged between know-nothings, right-wing ideologues the likes of which would make Dick Cheney blush, and gazillionaires who have gutted...

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As Trump Reminds Us, We Have Had the WMSVD Disease for Ages: It Is Time We Fight It Head On...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 Donald Trump’s victory represents something as old as the nation itself. By Frank Joyce / AlterNet Donald Trump Photo Credit: Max Goldberg/Flickr CC A very long time ago, a Zika type virus escaped from the human laboratory.  Like Zika it deforms the human brain.  It assumes supremacy by human males over women and all other forms of life.  Its most prominent manifestation is male monotheistic religion—the obligation that humans worship a lone male deity.  No goddesses allowed. The sickness has passed ever since from generation to generation. About 500 years ago in England,  Portugal and elsewhere,  the Christian form of the disease mutated to add white supremacy to its genetic code.  From its initially pacifist origins,  Christianity had already evolved over several hundred years to sponsor crusades,  the killing of “witches,”...

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WHY CORRUPTION MATTERS

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Paul Krugman Photo Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times Remember all the news reports suggesting, without evidence, that the Clinton Foundation’s fund-raising created conflicts of interest? Well, now the man who benefited from all that innuendo is on his way to the White House. And he’s already giving us an object lesson in what real conflicts of interest look like, as authoritarian governments around the world shower favors on his business empire. Of course, Donald Trump could be rejecting these favors and separating himself and his family from his hotels and so on. But he isn’t. In fact, he’s openly using his position to drum up business. And his early appointments suggest that he won’t be the only player using political power to build personal wealth. Self-dealing will be the norm throughout this...

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HUNGRY VENEZUELANS FLEE IN BOATS TO ESCAPE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE...

Nov 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By NICHOLAS CASEY  NYTIMES Photo Migrants preparing to board the smugglers’ boats that will take them from Venezuela to Curaçao. Credit Meridith Kohut for The New York Times WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao — The dark outlines of land had just come into view when the smuggler forced everyone into the sea. Roymar Bello screamed. She was one of 17 passengers who had climbed onto the overloaded fishing boat with aging motors in July, hoping to escape Venezuela’s economic disaster for a new life on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. Afraid of the authorities, the smuggler refused to land. Ms. Bello said he gruffly ordered her and the others into the water, pointing toward the distant shore. In the panic, she was tossed overboard, tumbling into the predawn blackness. But Ms. Bello could not swim. As...

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“EARTH HAS SHIFTED” — INUIT ELDERS ISSUE GRAVE WARNING TO NASA AND THE WORLD (VIDEO)...

Nov 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] OFF THE RECORD “Earth Has Shifted”- Inuit Elders Issue Grave Warning To NASA And The World [VIDEO] Living in the Canadian Arctic regions, Greenland and the USA, the Inuit people and their ancestors were all fantastic weather forecasters. NASA has received a warning from the Inuits, that warning is about climate change, but it isn’t because of global warming, it’s due to the Earth shifting! They reported that the earth has shifted or rather, wobbled and say that their sky has changed! Elders have noted that the sun has been rising in a different position and that their daylight hours for hunting have been prolonged, as well as temperature rising more rapidly. The Inuits have also stated that not only the sun has changed position but also the moon and stars, and they...

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THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IS ALREADY QUIETLY BACKING OUT OF ITS PROMISE TO PHASE OUT PRIVATE PRISONS...

Nov 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] PRISON BOON   “QUARTZ” Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File) Written by Hanna Kozlowska Critics have long denounced private prisons in the US as unsafe, inefficient and at times, inhumane. Those critics, who include inmates and activists, seemed to find a powerful ally earlier this year when the Department of Justice announced it would phase out its use of private prisons for federal prisoners. This wouldn’t mean the end of privately-run incarceration facilities (they’re also used by immigration authorities and states), but it was seen as a step forward. Except, that when the first contracts came up for re-negotiation this fall, the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) quietly decided to renew them anyway. That decision, along with the election of Donald Trump, mean that the US is unlikely to see...

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CHINA IS BUILDING A GIANT SOLAR PLANT AT CHERNOBYL...

Nov 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Greg Beach INHABITAT.COM View Slideshow A new solar summer rises from the ashes of nuclear winter. Two Chinese energy firms will be constructing a new solar power plant in the exclusion zone near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, which suffered a powerful explosion in 1986 that poisoned the surrounding area with nuclear radiation. “There will be remarkable social benefits and economic ones as we try to renovate the once damaged area with green and renewable energy,” said Shu Hua, the chairman of GCL System Integration Technology (GCL-SI), one of the firms tasked with the project. Making the best of a bad situation could prove inspiring to others as the global community begins the hard work of implementing the Paris Agreement. A 1,000 square mile exclusion zone of forests and marshland surrounds the former Chernobyl nuclear...

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TRUMPITECTURE: WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FROM THE BILLIONAIRE COWBOY BUILDER...

Nov 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Architecture THE GUARDIAN Donald Trump’s towers glitter with gold lamé and mirrored glass. But underneath lurks a story of broken promises, angry buyers and lawsuits. What does this mean for his $500bn presidential building spree?   Scaled down after 9/11 … Trump International hotel and tower, Chicago. Photograph: Raymond Boyd/Getty Oliver Wainwright   As the self-styled builder president, Donald Trump began his electoral campaign with a grand architectural promise. “I will build a great wall,” he said, standing in the lobby of his proudest creation, Trump Tower in New York, surrounded by 240 tonnes of pink Breccia Pernice marble. “Nobody builds walls better than me, believe me. And I’ll build them very inexpensively.” The billionaire real estate tycoon and president-elect has made a career out of building inexpensive walls and filling them with...

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HUNDREDS OF CHURCHES OFFER SANCTUARY TO UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS AFTER ELECTION...

Nov 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Growing number of synagogues as well as two dozen cities offer protection amid threat of deportation under Trump administration Central American mothers and their children take a place on the floor of a portable tent at the Humanitarian Respite Center Sacred Heart Catholic church in McAllen, Texas, earlier this month. Photograph: Delcia Lopez/AP Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent   THE GUARDIAN   Hundreds of churches in the US have said they are willing to provide sanctuary for undocumented migrants threatened with deportation following the election of Donald Trump as president. About 300 churches nationally have come forward in the past two weeks, according to the Philadelphia-based New Sanctuary Movement. It has also seen the number of people in the city registering as volunteers for its “sanctuary in the streets” programme rise from 65 to more...

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Why Are the Residents of This Small Village So Happy? They’re Managing Their Farmland as Commons...

Nov 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Their fundamental premise is that the value of farmland lies in its contribution to food production, lasting ecosystems and human life—not financial gain. By Véronique Rioufol, Sjoerd Wartena / Levellers Press  VIA ALTERNET Senior woman with a basket of harvested vegetables against a hothouse Photo Credit: Alexander Raths/Shutterstock The following essay was published in the book Patterns of Commoning, edited by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich (Levellers Press, 2015) A feeling of joy and achievement runs through the group of ten people gathered in Robert’s kitchen. After three years of planning, they have come to celebrate: Ingrid and Fabien will soon be able to settle down and develop their farming business. The farm is theirs! In this small, pastoral village of the French Pre-Alps, establishing young farmers is an act of will. Everywhere,...

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