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The 45th commemoration of the National Day of Mourning on Nov. 27 in Plymouth, Mass., will again honor Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier, a heroic fighter for the rights of Indigenous and other oppressed peoples. Peltier has been unjustly imprisoned for 38 years....
Eight experts and journalists visiting the West African state of Guinea were found dead in Nzerekore on Sept. 20. They went there to educate about preventing the spread of Ebola. Reports from Guinea say the delegation met with community elders, then was later attacked by youths....
Activists in over 2,808 cities in 166 countries participated on Sept. 21 in the first international Peoples Climate March. The events took place two days before more than 120 world leaders will convene for the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City on Sept. 23 to plan for a new global climate treaty in 2015....
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Join with the International Action Center, UNAC (United National Anti-War Coalition), ALBA (The Bolivian Alliance for the People of Our America), the Peoples Power Assembly, May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights, International League for Peoples Struggle, the Free Palestine bloc and many other progressive organizations for an anti-corporate, anti-capitalist, anti-war, peace & justice contingent in the Climate Change March....
The peoplesclimate.org blog states that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is “urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.” However, the website realistically admits that the summit won’t necessarily solve the crisis, but that “organizing, mobilizing and building social movements are ultimately what change the course of history.”...
There is an elephant in the climate debate that by U.S. demand cannot be discussed or even acknowledged. This agreement to ignore the elephant is now the accepted basis of all international negotiations on climate change....
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It came on the heels of a powerful sit-in at the office of North Carolina’s Speaker of the House Thom Tillis on May 27, during which 11 fast food workers and four clerics were arrested after nearly 12 hours of sitting in at the speaker’s office. This time the Moral Monday movement rallied nearly 1,000 people at the North Carolina Legislature — called the General Assembly — on June 2 around the theme of environmental and health justice....
In Africa women have been in the forefront of movements toward national liberation, social and environmental justice, and gender equality....
“Plowshares” was a propaganda effort fostered by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to convince the world that nuclear weapons, which the U.S. had used to slaughter hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians, had peaceful uses. In 1958, the Atomic Energy Commission — today the Department of Energy — came up with Project Chariot, a proposal to use nuclear bombs to create a port in northwest Alaska, on the Chukchi Sea....
The current violence by rightist forces opposing the Bolivarian Revolution is a continuation of the siege that began in 2001 when President Hugo Chávez approved 49 economic laws in the framework of the Enabling Law of 2001. At that time, particularly the Land Law and the Law on Hydrocarbons represented the first threat of the revolution to the economic power of the comprador bourgeoisie and its imperialist allies. This was years before Commander Chávez, who died a year ago on March 5, declared socialism as a path for the revolution....
Over the course of international climate change conferences since the Kyoto Accords were established in 1997, a pivotal debate has been whether developed countries or developing countries should shoulder the primary responsibility for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions....
For nearly a decade, the natural gas industry has drained valuable water resources, poisoned the land with dangerous chemicals, released radiation into water supplies and increased the danger of global warming through its unconventional drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, fracking for short....
For nearly a decade, the natural gas industry has drained valuable water resources, poisoned the land with dangerous chemicals, released radiation into water supplies and increased the danger of global warming through its unconventional drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, fracking for short....
Haiyan, a disastrous Class 5 super-typhoon, just roared across the Philippines with winds believed to have set new records for this type of storm. It was so destructive that, as of this writing, authorities there have not been able to provide even an estimate of the carnage....
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Acting on behalf of a U.S. energy company, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police staged a surprise, early morning attack on an encampment of Elsipogtog First Nation (Indigenous) protesters engaged in a prolonged struggle to stop shale gas fracking on Mi’kmaq lands in New Brunswick, Canada....
Capitalist propaganda has a peculiar way of turning reality on its head. A case in point is the well-funded effort to defeat an anti-fracking ballot initiative in Michigan. Hijacking the typical language of a bona fide mass appeal for a progressive cause, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce claims that “over the next year” it “will be building a grassroots force that will trump any paid efforts by out-of-state individuals to ban hydraulic fracturing in Michigan. We will be organizing rallies, events, and penning letters to the editor. With your help, we can defeat this illogical proposal.”...
Something so important has been happening in Turkey since May 29 that even we here are bewildered and amazed by this unexpected uprising. It is something, very hopeful, very new and very fresh. For a park and for a few trees, Turkish youth rose up and brought new hope and new light to Turkey’s society....
It was not a good week for Monsanto, the largest manufacturer and promoter of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)....
On May 25, activists from around the world will unite to march against Monsanto, the largest manufacturer and promoter of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)....
More than 1,000 people from throughout New York state converged on Albany Jan. 9 to demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo respond to the people and not the natural gas corporations by immediately announcing a statewide ban against hydraulic fracturing. The large energy companies in this state and their allies in Albany would like to extract natural gas that is trapped in the widespread rock formation known as Marcellus Shale through the process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking....
This year, possibly for the first time ever, the United Mine Workers did not endorse a presidential candidate. In 2008, the union was an early endorser of Obama, and has usually supported Democratic candidates. The union’s decision to sit it out this year was an indication of the crisis that has befallen coal miners, who don’t know where to turn for help....
Like a giant magnifying glass, a natural disaster reveals in startling detail the dimensions of the social disaster that lie beneath....
After superstorm Sandy we think “climate change.” It is back in the headlines. But people in the Arctic have been noticing changes and coping with them for many years. Now, sharp shifts in weather are occurring in the Arctic, where ice and snow are an important part of life. These changes affect transportation and food, making life much more difficult for Indigenous peoples in the North....
For years, Pennsylvania families living near natural gas drilling activity have relied on the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to determine if hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was impacting their well water. Little did they know that the DEP was systematically withholding information on potential contamination by issuing incomplete test results....
On top of sanitation workers laboring 12-hour workdays and seven-day workweeks, needed nonstop to clean up the city after Hurricane Sandy, one of the workers’ biggest problems is the difficulty of obtaining fuel to get to work. According to the president of the sanitation workers’ union, Harry Nespoli: “They want to work but they have to have gas. People are saying that they’re not going to give gas to Sanitation Workers. That’s a total disgrace.” (thechiefleader.com, Nov. 9)...
The distribution site was buzzing with activity. Carloads and even a small U-Haul truck of aid were contributed by many volunteers. The area was so heavy with activity that Occupy Sandy organizers had to assign traffic coordinators to make sure donations were not blocking traffic....
They are often unseen and unrecognized by the television cameras in the coverage of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. However, unlike the politicians, bureaucrats and agency officials — who give press conferences and gloat about all they’re doing to fix the crisis — it is working people, community members and other progressive activists who are doing the real hard work of cleaning up the damage that was left in the storm’s wake.

Union members from at least 13 major labor unions have formed a strong core of the workforce doing the crucial repairs. They are doing everything from fixing subway lines to patching up homes, and providing and distributing basic necessities. Many of these workers were hit hard by the storm themselves....

Nearly a week after Hurricane Sandy struck, as cold weather sets in and a new nor’easter storm threatens on Nov. 7, over a million households remain without power in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Some New Jersey communities are also without natural gas as a result of storm damage and may remain so for six to eight months....
The disaster known as Hurricane Sandy should have come as no surprise. Every possible warning sign had preceded it.

For years, international conferences had been held at which scientists laid out the effects of global warming on the climate. What were once considered extraordinary weather events — torrential rains, severe droughts, more frequent and intense tornadoes and hurricanes — had become the new norm....

“We know a tidal surge of about four to six feet came into the Reservation. We still do not have electricity. We had our Tribal burial grounds halfway covered with water. Right now it is the electricity that is needed which is the issue. It’s getting cold and some of our elders don’t have ways to heat their home,” said Shinnecock Chairman Trustee Randy King describing the situation on the Shinnecock Reservation on eastern Long Island after Hurricane Sandy. (nativestrength.com)...
A crisis arising out of a major natural disaster tends to reveal a society’s strengths and weaknesses, values and priorities, and forms of organization....
After ravaging much of the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy has hit the United States. As of this writing, more than 8 million people here are without power, 38 are reported dead and still counting, and the damage is reckoned at many tens of billions of dollars. No numbers have been put on personal losses of the masses of people in terms of their homes, cars, household possessions, let alone irreplaceable personal items of precious, sentimental value....
Along with DuPont and Syngenta, Monsanto controls 47 percent of the worldwide proprietary seed market....
If genetically modified (GM) foods and genetically engineered (GE) agricultural products are as “safe” as manufacturers Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences claim, why go to such great lengths to block efforts to label them?...
While staying aware of its destructive capacity, we can expand our view if we also examine its weaknesses. The Pentagon’s Achilles’ heel lies within the contradictions of the capitalist system that created this monstrosity....
There are times in history when war and politics converge with economics to create a true turning point, a point at which things cannot and will not ever be the same. Such points in time are marked by fierce struggle....
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Animated short on the impact of depleted uranium weapons and the international campaign against them, produced by the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons and IKV Pax Christi....
Philadelphia — With the stroke of a pen, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett exempted the state’s wealthiest counties from the direct impact of natural gas drilling. The controversial process of hydraulic fracturing — fracking — has taken a heavy toll on the rest of the state, turning many rural and once forested areas into industrial zones, contaminating air and water....
Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana has not had much to say about the current deadly heat wave that has swept his state and much of the United States. Sitting in his air-conditioned office, he is largely insulated from the disaster that is sweeping not only Indianapolis, the state capital, but most of the country....
The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke partnered with Occupy Atlanta, the International Action Center and other organizations to stage a two-prong action at the annual Coca-Cola stockholders’ meeting, held at the Cobb Galleria in suburban Atlanta on April 25....
The potential environmental hazards resulting from the oil and natural gas industry’s drive for super-profits are becoming increasingly apparent and alarming. The evidence is surfacing from the Gulf of Mexico, two years after the major BP oil spill, to the waters of the Susquehanna River, heavily impacted by a decade of Marcellus Shale fracking....
Longtime residents of the 32-unit Riverdale Mobile Home Village in Jersey Shore, Pa., read in the Feb. 18 Williamsport, Pa., Sun-Gazette that their leases were being terminated “immediately” and they would have to move by April 1....
Monica Moorehead, a March 31st organizer, states, “Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, has told the world that her son is everybody's son. It is in this spirit that our coalition encourages all mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins, nieces, girlfriends and spouses of all ages, nationalities, gender expressions and sexual preferences to attend along with men.”...
The tornado season in the United States started early this year — a whole season early. Winter’s grip was still on the land when deadly twisters in the Midwest and South disintegrated homes and flung people and animals around like rag dolls. Like everything else about the weather these days, that broke all kinds of records....
After 11 earthquakes recently rocked northwestern Ohio, seismologists acknowledged there is strong evidence linking the quakes to the disposal of waste water produced in the process of drilling for natural gas, known as hydraulic fracturing....
A very important conference on climate change took place in Durban, South Africa, during early December. COP 17 was sponsored by the United Nations and was billed as an event that would bring all states and regions together to hammer out a new agreement for limiting the rapid pace of global warming, which many cite as the cause of the escalating problems of natural disasters, droughts and mounting food deficits....
Global warming has hit the Arctic region hard, making the lives of the Native peoples living along the coast of Alaska in isolated communities that depend on hunting and fishing for their survival much, much harder....
Is there a connection between the controversial natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the extremely rare 5.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Washington, D.C., and significant sections of the U.S. East Coast on Aug. 23? This is a question many scientists are now asking....
Quemada (BURN): In the Nineteenth Century, the cynical and pragmatic British agent William Walker (Marlon Brando) arrives in Queimada, a Portuguese colony in the Antilles, to promote a revolution to benefit the sugar trade with England. He sees in the water/luggage bearer, José Dolores, the necessary potential to become the leader of the slave revolt. Dolores succeeds in expelling the Portuguese troops from the island; but then the provisional government of President Teddy Sanchez assumes power over Quemada with the support of the British government. Ten years later William Walker is hired again, but now by the Royal Company that is exploiting the sugar cane plantations and the Queimada government to chase José Dolores who is disturbing the sugar cane interests of England with his army of rebels. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...
As the Japanese economy reels from the combined effects of the recent tsunami and human-made nuclear disaster, Japanese workers are facing increased repression as they attempt to fight back against the economic effects of the calamity and expose the nuclear industry for the danger it poses....
The U.S./NATO war against Libya’s people and government reveals every day that there is no such thing as a humanitarian war carried out by imperialist states against post-colonial countries....
Poor and working people in Japan, the U.S. and around the world are the ones paying for these nuclear plants, paying the costs of disaster and also guaranteeing the profits of the relatively small handful of people who own them. The workers at the plant, the community around them and the people in general should be the ones to make the decisions to shut down plants at immediate risk and demand protection from GE and other nuclear power giants, as well as accountability and reparations for the damages these corporations have already caused....
The hearts of workers and the oppressed of the world go out to the Japanese people who have been hit by an earthquake and tsunami and are now threatened with nuclear disaster. We can never forget that more than 200,000 people, almost all civilians, were murdered by U.S. nuclear bombs dropped on Japan in 1945, while millions suffered from radiation poisoning, cancer and birth defects in the following decades....
A leading U.S. scientist who deals with global warming and climate change is calling the People’s Republic of China “the best hope” for turning around a looming disaster for the world and “stopping rule by fossil fuel interests.”...
With the close of the most recent round of climate talks in Tianjin, China, which took place during the first week of October, the world is gearing up for the next major talks in Cancún, Mexico, to begin in late November. The Tianjin talks, with delegates from more than 150 countries, produced very little progress, as the fundamental divide between the desires of rich countries and the needs of poor ones was not resolved....
Hungary has arrested Zoltan Bakonyi, managing director of MAL Aluminium, the privately owned company responsible for the country’s worst environmental disaster. Bakonyi is son of the company’s owner, Arlep Bakonyi, “a businessman who played a central role in the privatization of the country’s aluminum industry and is the largest shareholder of the company.” (New York Times, Oct. 11)

As of Oct. 11, 4,000 people were desperately working to reinforce the reservoir dam owned by MAL that had partially burst a week earlier....

Much of the focus on the rapid expansion of natural gas extraction through hydrofracturing, or “fracking,” has centered on methane leaks and chemical contamination of residential water wells. In Dimock, Pa., more than 15 residents sued Cabot Oil and Gas Corp., charging permanent damage to their wells....
Even in a time of global climate change, the immense suffering of the Pakistani people due to vast floods did not have to happen. Investment in infrastructure and a timely emergency response program could have minimized what has become one of the world's worst disasters. But decades of U.S. intervention to keep corrupt and reactionary military regimes in power against the will of the people have left this country one of the poorest and least developed in the region....
On June 25 more than 300 people attending the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit took part in a People’s Movement Assembly organized around global ecological justice and environmental racism. ...
Potentially toxic and carcinogenic chemicals are used in the hydraulic fracturing process to obtain natural gas from shale. Whenever industry officials are confronted with concerns regarding their use, their standard answer is, “The chemicals account for less than 1 percent of the fluid that is blasted underground.”...
The climate change we are living is not any crisis, it is a global alert about the way toward self destruction that the powerful have chosen, given the lack of equitable possibilities that the world need in order to survive –the indigenous peoples, the social groups living in poverty, women,the elderly and children are the most affected by it in today’s world....
Join us for an in-depth dialogue on the current state of climate change negotiations from a global perspective that will identify the way forward for climate justice. Topics will include a comparison between the Copenhagen Accord, the recently reviewed text of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) and significant Bolivian submissions to the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change). The issue of "Putting U.S. Militarism Back into the Climate Change Calculations" will also be addressed....
As millions of gallons of crude oil continue to spew into the Gulf of Mexico, the owner of the collapsed oil rig that caused the disaster is trying desperately to elude responsibility for what has already cost the lives of 11 workers and threatens to become the worst oil catastrophe in U.S. history....
I had the opportunity to attend the April 20-22 World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where people from all over the world initiated a discussion about finding real solutions to the climate crisis. During this conference, I attended an April 21 workshop called “Taking action against corporations that damage the climate,” which brought up the Water Wars against Bechtel Corporation....
Thirty thousand people convened at the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The conference, which took place from April 19-22, hosted people from more than 135 countries and 90 official state representatives. Climate activists, community organizers, artists, musicians, scholars and workers from around the world joined forces over the common goal of finding an effective and practical solution to the climate crisis — a task that the rich, ruling countries of the world proved, at the Copenhagen Climate Summit, that they are incapable of accomplishing....
While a group of workers held an 18-day occupation at Vestas wind turbine plant on Great Britain’s Isle of Wight in July, other Vestas workers and their supporters erected an encampment outside the plant. On Nov. 27 this tent community — which after four months included such comforts as a kitchen, showers, furniture and a solar-powered laptop/cell phone charging station! — was disbanded when Vestas obtained a court eviction order. Campers, however, were hardly demoralized....
The youth are more interested than anyone else in the future. Until very recently, the discussion revolved around the kind of society we would have. Today, the discussion centers on whether human society will survive....
African countries at the COP-15 climate change summit in Copenhagen led a walkout for several hours on Dec. 14 to protest the efforts of the United States, Britain and other imperialist countries and their allies to sidestep responsibility for the worsening impact of carbon dioxide emissions. The increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has caused climate change that threatens the total collapse of agricultural production on the African continent....
It seemed like a scandalous disconnect, a case of the right brain not knowing what the left brain was doing.

On March 12 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations announced the appointment of a High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. The group is supposed to mobilize the money to help poorer countries deal with climate change, which had been promised them during the U.N. conference in Copenhagen in December....

The International Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, which was two years in the planning, ended in a train wreck. Nothing was arrived at: no treaty, no deadlines, no binding agreement of any sort....
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NEWS arriving from the Danish capital paints a picture of chaos. After planning an event in which around 40,000 people were to participate, the hosts have no way of keeping their promise. Evo, who was the first of the ALBA presidents to arrive there, expressed certain profound truths emanating from the millenary culture of his people....
I have been reading some of the slogans painted on the streets, and I think those slogans of these youngsters, some of which I heard when I was young, and of the young woman there, two of which I noted. You can hear among others, two powerful slogans. One: Don’t change the climate, change the system....
The International Action Center stands in solidarity with the thousands of activists from across the globe who are protesting at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. We condemn the acts of police brutality, including use of chemical weapons and the preemptive arrests of more than 1,000 people. We demand the release of all who have been arrested....
In evaluating the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen -- with more than 15,000 participants from 192 countries, including more than 100 heads of state, as well as 100,000 demonstrators in the streets -- it is important to ask: How is it possible that the worst polluter of carbon dioxide and other toxic emissions on the planet is not a focus of any conference discussion or proposed restrictions?...
In the north coast city of Gijón in the Asturias province on Nov. 25-26, 2000, some 500 progressives from around Spain joined about 30 international delegates in a seminar to open a serious struggle in the country against the use of depleted-uranium weapons.

Among the participants was a former United Nations official in Iraq, Dr. Hans Graf von Sponeck, who resigned his post rather than direct the so-called "Oil for Food" program backed by the United States, which he saw as continuing the murder of Iraqi children....

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