NEW VIRUS IS CALLED THE TPP OR TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP...

May 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Friends   We have a serious crisis in our midst.     It is disguised under the auspices of free trade.   This new virus is called the TPP or Trans Pacific Partnership. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Pacific_Partnership https://www.eff.org/issues/tpp The energy that makes the virus grow is called TPA or Trade Promotion Authority which is also known as  fast track.   TPP is illegal under the secrecy terms and conditions being presented in direct violation of US law.   See Gravel v United States.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravel_v._United_States https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/408/606/case.html Any and all members of the US Senate, Congress or Executive branch engaged in secret trade agreements is in violation of the law and may be charged with both malfeasance and treason.  There is a dereliction of responsibility unintended or otherwise.   Most in America for reasons beyond belief have no...

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DOWN WITH GUILT! THERE ARE MUCH BETTER WAYS TO GET PEOPLE TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

May 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Heather Smith GRIST How do you get people to do something about climate change? For years, the answer has been to prod people into thinking about their role in causing it, to guilt trip them into action. Because any human who happens to live in North America has taken advantage of central heating, combustion engines, and the occasional monster truck rally. A recent study in the scientific journal Climatic Change has a surprising take on this long-standing practice. It finds that asking people to think about their individual guilt in causing climate change is about as effective as asking them to think about brushing their teeth. In other words, this research suggests that the common way organizations try to mobilize people around climate change is misguided. Better to frame it as...

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VACCINES DO CAUSE AUTISM. HERE’S HOW....

May 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] < Problem: How to explain the issue of synergistic toxicity in vaccines… Importance of the problem: There are many who believe “The Problem” is Thimerosal. There are many who believe “The Problem” is the MMR vaccine. It’s neither. It’s both. And SO MUCH MORE. A baby is born. On day one, that baby receives the Vitamin K shot (not a vaccine), which contains quite a lot of alcohol and many times the level of vitamin K that any infant would take in during a 24-hour period naturally. Alcohol is detoxified by the liver. On that same day, that baby receives the Hepatitis B vaccine – which contains 250 micrograms of aluminum. The FDA safety limit for aluminum in other injected medications (not vaccines – never been studied) is 5 micrograms per kilogram (2.2...

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MINIMALISM: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE IMPORTANT THINGS...

May 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things from The Minimalists on Vimeo. David Friedlander  LIFE EDITED We Review “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” If you’re looking for an unbiased review of “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things,” go to Rotten Tomatoes. This author was featured in the movie along with his wife and employer. The protagonists of the film–Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, aka The Minimalists–are people I choose to call friends; same goes for director Matt D’Avella. On the topic of Minimalism, you might say I fall somewhere between evangelist and zealot. So what do I think about the movie? It eff’ing rocks. The movie follows Joshua and Ryan as they crossed the country a couple years ago promoting their book “All That Remains.” Interwoven are interviews with...

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WELCOME TO 1984

May 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Chris Hedges   TRUTHDIG         Protester Bob Bowes, of Somerville, Mass., displays an American flag featuring corporate logos outside a meeting of U.S. elites in Boston. (Steven Senne / AP) The artifice of corporate totalitarianism has been exposed. The citizens, disgusted by the lies and manipulation, have turned on the political establishment. But the game is not over. Corporate power has within its arsenal potent forms of control. It will use them. As the pretense of democracy is unmasked, the naked fist of state repression takes its place. America is about—unless we act quickly—to get ugly. “Our political system is decaying,” said Ralph Nader when I reached him by phone in Washington, D.C. “It’s on the way to gangrene. It’s reaching a critical mass of citizen revolt.” This moment in American...

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ROBERT SCHEER TALKS ABOUT DISRUPTING MILITARISM WITH CODEPINK’S JODIE EVANS...

May 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/scheer-intelligence/jodie-evans-a-codepink-disrupter TRUTHDIG     Jodie Evans, speaking against foreclosures in 2012. (mpeake / CC BY-ND 2.0) In this week’s edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with Codepink activist Jodie Evans to discuss her organization’s efforts to move the United States away from military conflict, as well as the origins of her activism.   Evans, along with several other women, started Codepink in 2002 as an effort to prevent the U.S. invasion of Iraq through confrontations with members of government. She also ran California Gov. Jerry Brown’s presidential campaign in 1992. In their conversation, Evans tells Scheer what it was like to run a campaign against Bill Clinton and notes the similarities she sees with Hillary Clinton’s campaign today. She also discusses her ideas about feminism and reconciling them...

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GET READY FOR A WAVE OF GREEN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, AMERICA...

May 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]     On Thursday, climate activists in the US began a week of direct action to “Break Free” from fossil fuels. By Zoë Carpenter THE NATION Arctic Offshore Drilling Activists in Portland, Oregon, protest the departure of a Shell icebreaker for the coast of Alaska. July 29, 2015. (AP Photo / Don Ryan) It’s been almost two weeks since a wildfire broke out near Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, forcing the evacuation of 90,000 residents from the tar-sands boom town. Swathes of spruce and pine forest continue to burn, fueled by dry conditions that scientists link to climate change. With 2,400 homes and thousands of acres of forest destroyed, it will be a long time before the region recovers. But oil companies operating in Alberta have already resumed oil-sands production. It’s against that...

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THE STAND AGAINST FORCED VACCINATION ACROSS THE STATES AND THE NVIC ADVOCACY PORTAL...

May 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Dawn Richardson, NVIC Director of Advocacy In 2015, state legislatures across the United States experienced an unprecedented flood of bills backed by the pharmaceutical and medical trade industries to restrict or remove personal belief vaccine exemptions, expand electronic vaccine tracking systems, and require more vaccines for children in school and adults in the workplace. The web-based NVIC Advocacy Portal, which was launched in 2010 to protect and expand the right to exercise informed consent to vaccination, was utilized more in 2015 than in any other previous year. NVIC’s Advocacy program tracked 160 bills across 41 states and four national bills in 2015! The NVIC Advocacy Portal is a free online communications network that connects registered users with their legislators through their smart phones, tablets and computers. Through the Portal, NVIC’s advocacy...

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PEOPLE POWER OVER CORPORATE POWER = CANCELED PIPELINE PROJECTS...

May 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Marc Yaggi |WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE A long-standing fight for the public’s right to their land and waterways came to an end April 22 when Gov. Cuomo’s New York State Department of Environmental Conservation denied the Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Constitution Pipeline. The pipeline was proposed to run for 124 miles and require the destruction of nearly 700,000 trees. Further, the pipeline would have carried fracked natural gas through the Hudson River estuary, crossing 289 waterbodies, multiple public drinking water sources and three watersheds. There was no expected public benefit from the pipeline. While the pipeline’s proponents alleged they would ship the fracked gas to New England, it was clear that the gas pipes leaving the pipeline’s terminus are all constrained, leaving no other option but to...

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SCIENTISTS MAY HAVE FOUND THE KEY TO MOTIVATING PEOPLE TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

May 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Bullit Marquez Motivating people to act on climate change is a constant struggle for governments and nonprofits. But a new study may have found how best to frame the issue to inspire people not just to act, but also to give. In a study published in Climatic Change Wednesday, researchers found people may donate up to 50 percent more money to a cause when encouraged to think about a problem in collective terms, instead of appealing to personal responsibility. In other words, climate action campaigns like the ones Canada and the European Union have launched may do better when they call for us to act, instead of asking you to act. “We’re operating on a lot of baked-in assumptions on how to motivate people,” lead...

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FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE WITH SNAPCHAT? MEET THE PACIFIC ISLANDER TRYING TO DO IT....

May 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Lutunatabua holds a fue, which gives a chief the authority to speak in front of his people. Jeff Tan By Melissa CroninGRIST Sweating in the hot sun, the protesters sat in wooden canoes, staring up at a 40-foot-tall freight carrier. The gigantic vessel was trying to leave the Port of Newcastle in Australia, the largest coal port in the world. The canoers rowed and chanted and did their best to block this boat and others from leaving the harbor, until the police intervened. Back on the shore, Fenton Lutunatabua captured every moment on his smartphone. It was late 2014, and Lutunatabua had organized the protest with a group called the Pacific Climate Warriors, an alliance of activists from Vanuatu, Tokelau, the Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands, and eight other island nations in the...

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THE TIME HAS COME TO TURN UP THE HEAT ON THOSE WHO ARE WRECKING PLANET EARTH...

May 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Bill McKibben  VIA TRUTHDIG Break free and join the biggest global action against fossil fuel companies the world has ever seen Global direct action began with hundreds of environmental activists invading the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in south Wales on Tuesday. Photograph: Kristian Buus for the Guardian   An interesting question is, what are you waiting for? Global warming is the biggest problem we’ve ever faced as a civilisation — certainly you want to act to slow it down, but perhaps you’ve been waiting for just the right moment. The moment when, oh, marine biologists across the Pacific begin weeping in their scuba masks as they dive on reefs bleached of life in a matter of days. The moment when drought in India gets deep enough that there are armed guards on...

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Bill McKibben Responds to Right-Wing Group’s Plans to Target Climate Activists With Trackers and Video Cameras...

May 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment This isn’t the first time right-wing operatives allied with the fossil fuel industry have targeted climate justice activists. By Bill McKibben / 350.org   VIA ALTERNET Bill McKibben speaking with supporters of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at a student meeting at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett, New Hampshire. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr CC On Friday, anti-environmentalist front group America Rising Squared announced plans to target climate activists with trackers and video cameras. In response, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben issued the following statement: I’m of course flattered that our work has exposed the fossil fuel industry enough that they feel the need for this kind of personal attack — but as usual, the real news is the lengths they will go to avoid talking about the greatest issue of our time, their ongoing wreckage of...

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Nestlé Is Trying to Break Us: A Pennsylvania Town Fights Predatory Water Extraction...

Apr 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Activism Big corporations privatizing clean water to make a profit are stealing a human right. By Alexis Bonogofsky / Moyers and Company  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Travis Wise / Flickr Donna Diehl, a 55-year-old school bus driver from Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, a small historic town located on the edge of the Poconos, wanted to do three things this year: drive the bus, paint her bathroom and learn to crochet. Instead, Diehl, along with dozens of her neighbors, is spending her time trying to stop the largest food and beverage corporation in the world from taking her community’s water, putting it in bottles and selling it for a massive profit. Nestlé Waters, the North American subsidiary of the Swiss-owned Nestlé Corporation, had been active in Kunkletown for years, conducting well testing on a privately owned...

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NOT A PRETTY PICTURE: CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH IN FOUR INFOGRAPHICS...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT The White House released a groundbreaking new scientific assessment on the impact of climate change on public health in the United States. US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murphy said, “The changes are happening right now… Climate change is going to impact health, and it’s not a pretty picture.” This might seem like old news. But the Climate and Health Assessment connects the dots between climate change and its consequences for American public health more clearly than ever before. The new report (which is the product of three years of research by 13 federal agencies) emphasizes that climate change will continue to exacerbate existing threats to health as well as give rise to new ones. But like many scientific reports, it can get a little dense. So with some help...

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HOW TO TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE PARIS AGREEMENT...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT You don’t have to be a policy wonk to understand what’s happening with the Paris Agreement. When a record-breaking 175 nations attended the UN ceremony on April 22 to sign the Paris Agreement, Earth Day 2016 officially became one for the history books. But with a whole bunch of technical and official-sounding terms flying around, it’s not always immediately clear what exactly is happening or why. Here’s how to answer common questions your friends – on the internet or IRL – are probably asking about what’s going on. 1. In one sentence – what’s the big deal? On April 22 – Earth Day – the Paris Agreement became one step closer to having legal effect around the world, as the 195 countries that adopted the agreement in December began...

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REFORMING DEMOCRACY FROM THE GRASSROOTS UP...

Apr 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Democracy & Government Frustrated by a somnolent Congress, a bipartisan group is tackling campaign finance reform one city at a time. By Charlotte Hill Represent.Us, a bipartisan group, is trying to build momentum for campaign finance and lobbying reform by pushing legislation at the state and local level. (Photo: Christopher Huang/Represent.Us) Following the April demonstrations in Washington for campaign finance and voting rights reform, BillMoyers.com has invited activists — some of whom participated in the protests and some who did not — to describe what they are doing to continue work on these issues. This essay from Represent.Us is part of that series. America is in the midst of a grassroots revolution. Ordinary people are standing up to big money and denouncing the culture of corruption that permeates our political system. Just this...

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Monsanto’s Controversial Glyphosate Herbicide Is Being Sprayed in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment The herbicide was classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization. By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET Man in a protective suit spraying plants against pests, Disinfection, photography Photo Credit: overcrew/Shutterstock Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir have published two new interactive maps showing where glyphosate is being sprayed in California’s Bay Area and Portland. Based on the maps, glyphosate—the cancer-linked main ingredient in Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup—is being used in a number of public spaces including parks and playgrounds in both cities. According to a press release sent to EcoWatch, the Portland map displays 1,592 locations in the city where herbicides containing glyphosate are being sprayed. “Monsanto’s Roundup and its key ingredient glyphosate are major weapons in the Portland Parks Department’s arsenal of herbicides,” the release states. A Care2 petition has been posted to...

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VAXXED, THE MOVIE COMING TO SAN DIEGO, SANTA ANA, SAN FRANCISCO AND BERKELEY THIS WEEK!...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]              THE CONTROVERSIAL DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE CDC WHISTLEBLOWER–        VAXXED: FROM COVERUP TO CATASTROPHE-IS COMING TO SAN DIEGO, SANTA ANA, SAN FRANCISCO AND BERKELEY THIS WEEK! “VAXXED” opens with special Q&A with the filmmakers- Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Del Bigtree and Polly Tommey – Tickets now on sale. For more info: www.vaxxedthemovie.com Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102 https://www.landmarktheatres.com/…/vaxxed-from-cover-up-to-… Landmark California Theatre 2113 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704 https://www.landmarktheatres.com/…/vaxxed-from-cover-up-to-… .. EXCLUSIVE SAN DIEGO ENGAGEMENT STARTS – 4/22 Angelika Film Center (San Diego, CA) –11620 Carmel Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92128 TICKETS ON SALE NOW: https://www.angelikafilmcenter.com/sandiego/film/vaxxed-from-cover-up-to-catastrophe Group Ticket Sales: https://www.angelikafilmcenter.com/sandiego/events/group-ticket #  #  #  #     PRESS CONTACT: Dawna Shuman, Lighthouse Public Relations  PH: 818.789.1077; dslighthousepr@aol.com                                        LightHouse PR LightHouse...

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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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THIS EARTH DAY, LISTEN UP: MOTHER EARTH IS CALLING US BACK...

Apr 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Those of us who succumbed to the false promises of Western consumerism at great cost to the planet and to ourselves are Earth’s prodigal children now returning home. By David Korten / Yes! Magazine   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: gletham GIS / Flickr April 22 is Earth Day 2016. Each Earth Day marks another milestone in a profound human reawakening to the truth that we are children of a living Earth who survive and prosper only as contributing members of a living Earth community. The first Earth Day, in 1970, brought 20 million people to U.S. streets, parks, and auditoriums in a massive demonstration of public support for political action to limit human harm to nature. As the first mass demonstration in defense of nature, it marked the birth of the modern environmental...

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‘DAYS OF REVOLT’: CHRIS HEDGES AND JOSH FOX ON HOLDING ONTO OUR HUMANITY AMID CLIMATE CHANGE...

Apr 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG “Days of Revolt” With Earth Day just three days away, it’s fitting that this week’s episode of “Days of Revolt” focuses on the environment. In the interview below, Chris Hedges talks with filmmaker Josh Fox about his emotional new documentary, “How To Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.” Although they discuss the bare numbers and legislative failures associated with rising temperatures, Fox also explains that “the point of the film was not to tell people what they already know, which is a lot of this, but then to say, ‘What do we do now?’ and ‘How do we move through this?’ ” At a time when many are searching for answers in the face of devastating predictions about the planet, Fox has a surprisingly uplifting message....

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FINDING HOPE IN DESPAIR: WHAT I LEARNED HIKING THE ENTIRE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE...

Apr 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Books We’re at the point when we’re supposed to act, but signing another online petition, changing to a more efficient lightbulb and joining a march doesn’t feel like enough. By Ken Ilgunas / Penguin Group (USA)  VIA ALTERNET The following is an excerpt from the new book Trespassing Across America by Ken Ilgunas (Blue Rider Press, 2016):  I was headed to the Pipeline Crossroads of the World: Cushing, Oklahoma. Cushing is the southern terminus of the 2010 Keystone Pipeline. If the Keystone XL is approved, oil will be piped by a shorter route from Hardisty, Alberta, to Cushing. A second part of the Keystone XL would be built from Cushing to the Gulf Coast refineries in Texas. I’d been paralleling the pipeline by walking on roads for the past two hundred miles, only occasionally walking the...

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GETTING ARRESTED TO DEMAND DEMOCRACY...

Apr 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Roger Hickey  PROGRESSIVE BREAKFAST On Monday I joined hundreds of others to get arrested at the U.S. Capitol building. It’s been a while since I last engaged in civil disobedience. But I am just one of millions of people in America who want to stop the growing attacks on our democracy. Organizations representing those millions have come together last week for a Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening. Before Monday, 900 people have been arrested in carefully planned acts of civil disobedience, and after Monday, that number will be much, much larger. News flash: Capitol Police just confirmed that Monday’s arrests totaled over 300. On Capitol Hill, I joined Rev. William Barber, Cornell Brooks of the NAACP and the leaders of unions, civil liberties groups, democracy defenders and allied progressive organizers, and rank-and-file folks...

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SORRY, FEDS: KIDS CAN SUE OVER CLIMATE NEGLIGENCE, JUDGE SAYS...

Apr 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Our Children’s Trust Young plaintiffs celebrate the judge’s ruling.   A group of youngsters just won a major decision in their efforts to sue the federal government over climate change. An Oregon judge ruled Friday that their lawsuit, which alleges the government violated the constitutional rights of the next generation by allowing the pollution that has caused climate change, can go forward. Federal District Court Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin ruled against the federal government and fossil fuel companies’ motions to dismiss the case, deciding in favor of 21 young plaintiffs and Dr. James Hansen. This will be the trial of the century that will determine if we have a right to a livable future The federal lawsuit is part of a broad effort led by Oregon-based nonprofit...

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After More Than A Million Deaths, Iraqis Are Pushing to Expose U.S. War Atrocities...

Apr 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] World Thirteen years after the invasion of Iraq, calls mount to commemorate an earlier U.S. massacre. By Sarah Lazare / AlterNet This image shows an Iraqi woman at the Al Amiriyah Shelter reaffirming that Iraqis are living, they refuse to back down. Her stance is powerful, unapologetic, and inspiring. Photo Credit: via Iraqi Transnational Collective/Facebook Saturday marked 13 years since the United States invaded Iraq, unleashing a brutal war and occupation that would go on to take the lives of over one million Iraqi people. Meanwhile, another grim, but lesser-known anniversary passed last month: 25 years since the U.S. attacked a civilian bomb shelter in Baghdad’s Amiriyah neighborhood, killing more than 400 people, many of whom burned to death. These historical events are important to keep alive in the public memory, as the Pentagon quietly deploys more troops to...

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WHAT THE CLIMATE MOVEMENT CAN LEARN FROM BERNIE SANDER’S POLITICAL REVOLUTION...

Mar 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]                                                                 Bernie Sanders town hall in Iowa America’s new political uprising and its leader offer invaluable lessons for climate activists. By Chloe Maxmin     Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane smile as a crowd cheers during a town-hall meeting in Iowa. (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong) A few months ago, I woke up with a “berning” need to join the Bernie Sanders campaign. I had followed the evolution of the revolution because of Bernie’s outstanding climate platform, and I wanted to do more. I canvased in New Hampshire ahead of the primary and interned with the campaign, immersing myself in the “Feel the Bern” movement’s theory of change. As Bernie’s campaign marched into my life, I could not help but compare its strategies to those of the other...

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BURNING ISSUES: WHY HONDURAS MATTERS IN THE 2016 CAMPAIGN...

Mar 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Burning Issues Video  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE Berta Cáceres was an indigenous and environmental activist in Honduras who was the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize winner for her success in blocking the Agua Zarca dam project, which would have decimated the communities and livelihoods of indigenous people in the country. Earlier in March, she was assassinated, one of at least three activists who have been murdered in connection with their efforts to protest the construction of this dam. Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research has been following the fate of social and economic justice activists in the country since a 2009 coup deposed the democratically elected government of President Manuel Zelaya. And as it turns out, Weisbrot explains in this “Burning Issues” video segment, one of the 2016 presidential...

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FIVE (OF THE MANY) WAYS THIS GOP BUDGET WOULD DO REAL HARM...

Mar 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE Isaiah J. Poole Jasmine Tucker, senior research analyst at the National Priorities Project, discusses the negative impact the House Republican budget would have if it became law. The House Republican budget proposal for fiscal 2017 faces an uphill battle for approval when Congress reconvenes after the Easter recess, given that it is opposed not only by House Democrats but by a gaggle of hard-right, tea party Republicans. But that doesn’t make it politically irrelevant, and it certainly doesn’t make its ideas any less dangerous. The policies and priorities in the House Republican budget closely mirror what would face the country if a Republican wins the White House, especially if the party retains control of the Senate. Today, President Obama’s veto pen combined with Democratic leverage in the Senate...

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VIDEO: ‘DAYS OF REVOLT’: CHRIS HEDGES, NATIVE AMERICAN ACTIVISTS DENOUNCE URANIUM POISONING...

Mar 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG teleSUR The United States has waged a long war against Native Americans. That war continues with abandoned uranium mines and poisoned water in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and Native American activists Charmaine White Face and Petuuche Gilbert discuss the exploitation of natural resources and how to combat the devastating violations on indigenous lives and land. “I think the public at large is still naive about this nuclear reactive poison,” explains Gilbert, vice president of the Laguna Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment. “So education needs to be done. But then it’s also convincing the community to rise up against their politicians, against their leadership.” White Face, a coordinator for the Defenders of the Black Hills, agrees. “Educating—and where I...

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