DAYS OF REVOLT: CHRIS HEDGES, TIM DE CHRISTOPHER DISCUSS FAR-REACHING EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Tim DeChristopher on ‘Days of Revolt’ In this week’s episode of “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges sits down with Tim DeChristopher, founder of the Climate Disobedience Center. The two analyze how the industrialized world fails to significantly confront climate change, beginning with the “exercise in make-believe” that was the 2015 Paris climate conference. DeChristopher explains that the drastic effects of global warming aren’t just occurring in a vacuum. For example, water shortages in parts of the southern United States play out in areas with pre-existing social tensions, such as racism and xenophobia, creating the potential to trigger violent human responses. Another example is Syria, where, as DeChristopher points out, the CIA actually admitted that climate change accelerated the beginning of civil war. Still, DeChristopher says, “I don’t think it’s inevitable...

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THE NORTH POLE IS MOVING, AND NOW WE KNOW WHAT’S CAUSING IT — US...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Hard Science FUTURISM NASA/JPL-Caltech In Brief Something strange is happening to our planet. Around the year 2000, the North rotational pole started migrating eastward at a vigorous clip. Now, scientists at NASA have figured out what’s going on…and humans are behind it. You might not feel it personally, but Earth’s rotational spin axis—is shifting. Around the beginning of the 21st century, scientists started noticing that the North rotational pole was moving eastward. Now, scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory believe they have a plausible reason as to why. Human Disturbances Earths rotational axis is constantly shifting – that’s nothing new. It’s because Earth (and any other planet in existence) isn’t a perfect sphere. It’s imperfect, cover with bumps and chasms. “If you take a chunk of material from some area, you are breaking...

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THIRTY WAYS CHERNOBYL AND THE DYING NUCLEAR INDUSTRY THREATEN OUR SURVIVAL...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]     (Photo: Fi Dot)HARVEY WASSERMAN OF ECOWATCH FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Article reprinted with permission from EcoWatch April 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the catastrophic explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It comes as Germany, which is phasing out all its reactors, has asked Belgium to shut two of its nukes because of the threat of terrorism. It also comes as advancing efficiencies and plunging prices in renewable energy remind us that nukes stand in the way of solving our climate crisis. And it makes us remember the second and third biggest lies told us by the atomic power industry: that no commercial nuke could explode, and that no one would be harmed by reactor fallout. Prior to the 1986 disaster at Chernobyl, there was at least one minor explosion (on March...

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PREVENTING THE NEXT FLINT WITH TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN MAKE AT HOME...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] How do we know the water flowing from our taps is safe and free from contaminants? For the most part, we trust that regulators and inspectors have done their jobs, and we likely don’t think about it much. We just fill our glasses, take our showers, and brush our toddlers’ teeth. But then Flint happens, or the 2014 Elk River spill in West Virginia that left 300,000 people in nine counties without water for weeks. In West Virginia, a group of students, ecologists, and public radio journalists have hatched a DIY pilot project they hope will keep another Flint or Elk River from happening. They placed six simple, low-cost sensors—developed by Public Lab and the MIT Media Lab—in the Monongahela River to show that ordinary citizens can collect and interpret water-quality data in...

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CHICKEN POX VACCINE MAY INCREASE SHINGLES RISK...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Kate Raines  NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER   10 52 print this page Story Highlights Following recovery from varicella zoster (chickenpox) virus infection, the virus lies dormant and occasionally reactivates as herpes zoster (shingles) later in life. When the live virus chickenpox vaccine was licensed in 1995, it was known that an increase in the incidence of shingles was likely if the vaccine was mandated and children obtained artificial vaccine immunity rather than natural immunity. The predicted increase in shingles incidence has been verified, and future research may more fully explain if and why natural “exogenous boosting” prevents reactivation of the chickenpox virus as shingles. Before the licensing of the live varicella zoster (chickenpox) virus vaccine in 1995 and subsequent mandating of the vaccine for all children in the U.S., chickenpox itself was considered one...

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SEYMOUR HERSH REACTS TO OBAMA’S PLAN TO SEND 250 MORE U.S. SPECIAL OPS TROOPS TO SYRIA...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] http://www.globalpossibilities.org/seymour-hersh-reacts-to-obamas-plan-to-send-250-more-u-s-special-ops-troops-to-syria/President Obama has announced the deployment of 250 more Special Operations troops to Syria in a move that nearly doubles the US presence in the country. This comes just days after the Obama administration announced 217 more troops would be sent to Iraq to help in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. As the US expands its presence in Iraq and Syria, we speak with the legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, who has just published a new book titled The Killing of Osama bin Laden. In the introduction, Hersh writes: “It’s now evident, fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks, that Obama’s foreign policy has maintained many of the core elements of the Global War on Terror initiated by his predecessor — assassinations, drone attacks, heavy reliance on special forces, covert operations and,...

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THIS INDUSTRY IS LITERALLY MAKING A KILLING...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Rebecca Green, OtherWords | Op-Ed The 2016 presidential elections are proving historic, and not just because of the surprising success of self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders, the lively debate among feminists over whether to support Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump’s unorthodox candidacy. The elections are also groundbreaking because they’re revealing more dramatically than ever the corrosive effect of big money on our decaying democracy. Following the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision and related rulings, corporations and the wealthiest Americans gained the legal right to raise and spend as much money as they want on political candidates. The 2012 elections were consequently the most expensive in US history. And this year’s races are predicted to cost even more. With the general election still six months away, donors have already sunk $1 billion into the presidential race — with $619 million...

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COURTS CONFIRM LINK BETWEEN MMR VACCINE AND AUTISM...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  By: Atreyee Chowdhury AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL REVIEW Finally, courts in the US have confirmed that MMR vaccine can cause autism and stomach disorders, vindicating the stance of Dr Andrew Wakefield who had first made the claim about 15 years ago. The doctor was then maligned by drug companies and the media for his research and findings to such an extent that he had to end up not being able to practice medicine. He however stuck to his stance against the vaccine and became a best-selling author and also the founder of Strategic Autism Initiative and the director of the Autism Media Channel. After so many years of belittling the doctor and destroying his career, the media and the courts have confirmed that MMR vaccine was the most likely cause of autism and stomach disorders...

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KANSAS GOVERNOR JUSTIFIED KICKING 15,000 PEOPLE OFF FOOD STAMPS...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alan Pyke THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/John Hanna) Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS)   For over five years now, Kansas has served as an economic policy experiment for anti-tax, small-government conservatives. Their lab work is costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars, crippling public service budgets, and making life harder for low-income families without reducing the state’s poverty rate at all. With his political star beginning to tarnish, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) came to Washington on Wednesday to discuss his poverty policies at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. At one point, the embattled governor justified his policy of forcing people off of food stamps if they can’t find a job by likening low-income and jobless people to lazy college students. The event was convened around a policy he pioneered: Reinstating a rigid...

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DAYS OF REVOLT: WALL STREET CRIMINALS AND THE FUTURE OF OUR ECONOMY (VIDEO)...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] teleSUR Parasitic capitalism is at work in the United States, according to Michael Hudson, a professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Hudson and Chris Hedges continue their discussion of the American economy in another episode of teleSUR’s program “Days of Revolt.” (To hear the first part of their discussion, click here.) Hudson, author of the new book “Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy,” worked on Wall Street for many years before he began teaching, and he explains that most politicians are reliant on Wall Street for campaign fundraising, a relationship that crosses party lines. Regardless of the particulars, “the job of the politician is to promise the nice vision, and then double-cross the constituents,” he says. On Wall Street, if you buy garbage...

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THE PANAMA PAPERS: LAUNDERING HAVENS FOR WAR BUDGETS (VIDEO)...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] In mid-April, economist Michael Hudson told The Real News Network that global oil and mining industries and the U.S. State Department created Panama and Liberia for the express purpose of tax evasion.Read a full transcript of Hudson’s exchange with host Sharmini Peries below. —Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly. SHARMINI PERIES, TRNN: It’s the Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore. Within a week the 11 million documents called the Panama papers, published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, has become a household name. The documents are connected to the Panama law firm Mossack Fonsesca that helped establish offshore accounts for some of the wealthiest and most powerful leaders to launder money and evade taxes. On Tuesday the police in Panama raided the Mossack Fonseca law firm to search...

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TOP SIX GREEN ENERGY GOOD NEWS STORIES FROM PARIS COP21...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Juan Cole  TRUTHDIG This post originally ran on Truthdig contributor Juan Cole’s website.World leaders signed the COP21 Paris climate accord on Friday, Earth Day.  Whether it will be meaningful in stopping carbon dioxide emissions and emissions of other dangerous greenhouse gases that are warming our planet remains to be seen.  But there is some good news on the emissions front, and new renewable energy installations are key to it. 1.  The world’s production of carbon dioxide remained flat at 32.1 billion metric tons per annum for the second year in a row.  In the past 25 years it has been rare for emissions not to grow, except in years of severe economic downturn such as 2009.  In 2012 and 2013 emissions grew by 4% a year.  But in 2014 they grew...

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Fracking a Possible Cause of Disturbing Birth Defects and Deaths Found in Horses...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Research has linked the presence of the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing to numerous animal deaths and stillbirths. By Lorraine Berry / Raw Story Photo Credit: Screenshot/Ithaca Journal In New York’s Southern Tier, local newspapers are investigating the connection between a local racetrack owner’s sick foals and the fracking fluids present on his farmland. The Ithaca Journal featured a report by Tom Wilber in which he investigated the ongoing issue with foals being born without the ability to swallow — seventeen of them so far — on the breeding farm of Jeff Gural, owner of the Tioga Downs, Meadowlands Racetrack, and Vernon Downs. The foals have survived, although all of them have had to be transported to Cornell’s School of Veterinary Medicine, located fifty miles north in Ithaca, New York. An earlier study by Cornell professor Robert Oswald...

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A Member of Congress Just Issued a Warning to the World Bank: ‘Stop Privatizing Water’...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Water Rep. Gwen Moore’s actions could mean the beginning of the end of the World Bank’s harmful water-for-profit pursuits. By Jesse Bragg / AlterNet Photo Credit: Wikipedia Around the globe, people’s access to water is being threatened every day by one of the most powerful institutions on the globe—the World Bank. Under the guise of development, the World Bank and its investment arm, the International Finance Corporation, invest hundreds of millions in water privatization schemes that reduce access to water, increase costs and have a devastating impact on people. What’s worse is that the IFC often positions itself to profit from these projects, creating an irreconcilable conflict of interest. But one congresswoman just took a stand against this threat that could mean the beginning of the end of the World Bank’s harmful water-for-profit...

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‘Catastrophic Leak’ Found at Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington State...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment “This is probably the biggest event to ever happen in tank farm history.” The Watchers Radioactive waste ; Chemist in protective suit the disposal of radioactive waste Photo Credit: overcrew/Shutterstock The amount of radioactive waste that has been leaking between the two walls of one of the underground tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State for several years grew dramatically on Sunday, April 17, with up to 13,000 liters (3,500 gallons) of new waste. The leak occurred at the double-shell storage known as AY-102, which has been leaking small amounts of nuclear waste since 2011. It is estimated that about 265 liters (70 gallons) of waste leaked from the tank in recent years. Although it’s unclear exactly how much waste spilled out over the weekend, estimates place the amount at somewhere between 11,300...

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DRUG MAKERS SPEND BIG TO FIGHT CALIFORNIA PRICE CONTROL REFERENDUM...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By William D. Cohan GettyImages-56616392.jpg | Getty The industry is expected to pour $100 million into an effort to squash the November ballot initiative. By Nancy Cook and Sarah Karlin-Smith   Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton give drug makers the jitters when they talk about Medicare negotiating the prices of prescription drugs. But the biggest near-term threat to the industry comes from a California ballot initiative that would test a version of that idea in the most populous state. That ballot initiative “is a grenade being rolled into the conversation, and it is being taken very seriously,” says a Republican drug lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Drug companies are expected to pour $100 million into an effort to squash the referendum in what will be a test of the industry’s strength at a...

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CLINTON’S DEFENSE OF BIG MONEY WON’T CUT IT...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE Robert Borosage Hillary Clinton’s heated defense of the money she has raised from Wall Street and other interests won’t cut it. Her protests contradict the basic case that virtually all Democrats and reformers have made for getting big money out of politics. It is vital that voters not be misled by them. Normally, liberal politicians defend setting up super PACs, and collecting large sums from big donors, because while they pledge to curb the influence of the rich and corporations in our politics if elected, they can’t “unilaterally disarm.” Clinton repeats this argument, but it has less force against Bernie Sanders who not only has made the corrosive effect of big money contributions central to his campaign, but has demonstrated that it is possible to be competitive without...

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TIME TO GROW UP INTO A LIVING EARTH ECONOMY...

Apr 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The current political chaos in the United States is a product of the failure of our economic system to fulfill the promise of the American dream: That each new generation will enjoy abundance beyond that of their parents. What most people experience instead is increasing insecurity and declining opportunity. People know something is badly wrong. Uncertain as to what or why, they are desperate for answers. Who is responsible? What can we do? Our current situation is ripe for the blame game. Blame immigrants. Blame Obama. Or blame scofflaw bankers. Years ago when I was a business school student, our professors taught us that a recurring problem is a symptom of a system failure. Don’t focus on treating the symptom, they told us, step back and look upstream to identify the source. A...

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JOHN KERRY TUGS AT HEARTSTRINGS AT THE PARIS SIGNING (it’s a weak agreement, but we have to start somewhere, ccd)...

Apr 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Rebecca Leber   GRIST Secretary of State John Kerry, ever the diplomat, sure knows how to melt our cold hearts on Earth Day. Representatives from 175 countries marked the occasion with a formal signing ceremony of the Paris climate agreement at the United Nations. In an event featuring a sea of green ties, Kerry made a different kind of symbolic statement, holding his 2-year-old granddaughter Isabelle as he signed the agreement. The ceremony is only a first step to seeing the Paris agreement enter into force. Fifty-five countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions still need to ratify the agreement, which the U.S. and China (the two biggest emitters) plan on doing this year. Even once it’s ratified, there’s a lot of work left to be done. Top U.S. climate negotiator Todd Stern told Grist in an interview,...

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9 Ways Global Warming Is Making Us Sick...

Apr 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Thanks to climate change, we’ll be seeing more asthma, allergies, Lyme disease and foodborne illnesses. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet The Obama administration has released a major new report on how manmade global warming is making Americans sicker—and it’s only going to get worse. Developed over three years and involving approximately 100 climate and public health experts, the 332-page report was based on more than 1,800 published scientific studies and new federal research, and was reviewed by the National Academies of Sciences. The report, titled The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States, “significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, and the confidence with which we know it,” according to a White House fact sheet about the report. “As the climate continues...

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The Creepy Way Processed Food Packaging Messes With Your Hormones...

Apr 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A new study shows common plastic packaging steeps food in industrial chemicals. By April M. Short / AlterNet As if it weren’t already enough of a headache to find non-toxic, safe and healthy food to eat, a recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspective reveals that the packaging used to contain certain food products can impact your hormones. Researchers for the study found that people who eat more fast food have significantly increased rates of phthalates—industrial chemicals used to make plastics—in their systems. The study authors attribute the trend to those chemicals seeping from plastic packaging into foods. The study asked 8,877 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examinations Surveys between 2003 and 2010 to report all the food they had eaten within last 24 hours. Participants also donated a urine sample...

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WE’RE FLIRTING WITH APOCALYPSE: THE PLANET INCHES EVER CLOSER TO 1.5C DEGREE THRESHOLD...

Apr 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Analysis finds the world will have to dramatically accelerate emissions reductions to meet Paris climate agreement VIDEO Climate Central   VIA SALON.COM This article originally appeared on Climate Central. Global leaders are meeting in New York this week to sign the Paris climate agreement. One of the expressed purposes of the document is to limit warming to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.” A Climate Central analysis shows that the world will have to dramatically accelerate emissions reductions if it wants to meet that goal. The average global temperature change for the first three months of 2016 was 1.48°C, essentially equaling the 1.5°C warming threshold agreed to by COP 21 negotiators in Paris last December. February exceeded the 1.5°C target at 1.55°C, marking...

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EUROPE IS A MORAL WASTELAND: COUNTLESS REFUGEES CONTINUE TO DIE WHILE THE WEST TURNS A BLIND EYE...

Apr 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] As many as 500 migrants died just last week, yet the world’s powers pretend this calamity still isn’t their problem Daniel Denvir SALON.COM Refugees and migrants make their way out of the Aegean Sea on the Greek island of Lesbos, Dec. 12, 2015. (Credit: AP/Santi Palacios) After days of rumored disaster, United Nations officials now estimate that as many as 500 migrants died earlier this month in the Mediterranean after their ship capsized en route from Libya to Italy. Many appear to be Somalis. ly of people from sub-Saharan Africa,” The Guardian reports. “Syrians have yet to reach Libya following the closure of the Greek route, but migration specialists expect them to try again from Libya in increasing numbers later in the year.” The tragedy won’t make headlines for long, and fresh ones...

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U.S. TRADE POLICY: POPULIST ANGER OR OUT-OF-TOUCH ELITES?...

Apr 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Posted April 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm by Jeff Faux   This post originally appeared in The Globalist. The presidential primary campaigns of both political parties have exposed widespread voter anger over U.S. global trade policies. In response, hardly a day has recently gone by without the New York Times, the Washington Post and other defenders of the status quo lecturing their readers on why unregulated foreign trade is good for them. The ultimate conclusion is always the same—that voters should leave complicated issues like this to those intellectually better qualified to deal with them. Trade experts, according to Binyamin Appelbaum of the Times have been “surprised” at the popular discontent over this issue. Their surprise only shows how disconnected the elite and the policy class that supports it is from the way most people actually...

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ARE YOU PREPARED FOR VACCINES?

Apr 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] If you are preparing for you baby’s next well baby visit, you probably know about the shots. The CDC recommends vaccines against infectious illnesses and most are given as a series of shots starting at the 2 month well baby visit (Hepatitis B shots are recommended at birth for all infants). There is a lot of conflicting information available on the topic of vaccines. While the CDC, the media and doctors claim vaccines are safe and effective, many parents are convinced the shots caused harm to their baby. There are some good ways to reduce the possibility of vaccine harm. Please read the whole list, because there are many important points at the end, but I didn’t know the order to put them in, or which might be the most important for YOU to know....

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FOR PEACE WITH RUSSIA, PREPARE FOR WAR IN EUROPE: NATO AND CONVENTIONAL DETERRENCE...

Apr 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]                                                                                      Photo credit: Spc. Cassandra Simonton, U.S. Army Europe Elbridge Colby and Jonathan Solomon The dangerous and irresponsible flyovers by Su-24 attack aircraft of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Donald Cook operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea a few days ago, followed by a Russian aircraft’s hazardous flyby of a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace just a few days later, are a reminder that, while many hope for a relaxation of tensions with Moscow, that is likely to be wishful thinking. Whether we want it or not, relations between the United States and its NATO allies on the one side and Russia on the other are likely to remain distrustful and tense. More to the point, they are likely to remain shadowed by the possibility of crisis and even conflict....

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MORE THAN 10.35 MILLION PEOPLE ARE IN PRISON AROUND THE WORLD...

Apr 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG   Mark Rain / CC-BY-2.0 A World Prison Brief study released earlier this year found that the number of people held in detention centers worldwide may exceed 11 million. The organization reports: The WPPL provides up-to-date information on the global prison population and the rate per 100,000 of the national population in 223 countries and territories. Figures are unavailable for only three countries – Eritrea, North Korea and Somalia. … There are more than 2.2 million prisoners in the United States of America, more than 1.65 million in China [whose population is 4.3 times larger] (plus an unknown number in pre-trial detention or ‘administrative detention’), 640,000 in the Russian Federation, 607,000 in Brazil, 418,000 in India, 311,000 in Thailand, 255,000 in Mexico and 225,000 in Iran. The countries with the highest prison...

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IN A WIN FOR CLIMATE, NEW YORK LEADERS NIX PIPELINE PROJECT...

Apr 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Victory: As world leaders sign climate treaty, state leaders in New York show the way Leslie Roeder, an advocate with New Yorkers Against Fracking, celebrates in 2014 after Govenor Cuomo announced he would ban hydraulic fracking. Chang W. Lee/The New York Times/Redux It’s time for fossil fuel industry enablers and apologists to step aside and let the rest of us continue the work necessary to solve the climate crisis and transition our society to 100 percent renewable energy. Moneen Nasmith Attorney, Earthjustice April 22, 2016 Albany, NY —In a win for climate activists and the anti-fracking movement, and a blow to fossil fuel polluters and the federal regulatory agencies that enable them, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied a key permit to companies seeking to build a 124-mile fracked gas...

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ELIZABETH WARREN’S BIG WIN: THE NEW, MUCH-NEEDED RULE THAT COULD REIN IN WALL STREET SLIME...

Apr 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A new Labor Department requirement is giant victory for consumer advocates over Wall Street and financial advisers Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg   SALON.COM   Are you in the market for some good news? While everyone is being told to follow the excitement of the 2016 campaign to the exclusion of all else, out of the spotlight but not far away, the Obama administration is calmly trying to enact lasting progressive change. In the Labor Department earlier this month, consumer advocates won a big battle, as the vast middle class was “gifted” with a new requirement being placed on the financial services industry. As Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren explained, a glaring conflict of interest has been resolved in the favor of people saving for retirement. No longer can investment advisers recommend funds to their...

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