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Sustainable Certification And The Flow Of Commodities And Currency - by Tomas DiFiore
Sustainable Certification in new frontiers for flex-crops such as palm oil, or soy, requires first that an educational format convey the benefits of changing (agri)cultural practices in usually distant remote places of a landscape. It mat be necessary pass amendments to Constitutions (land use changes) and National Interpretations of International law; there are lawyers and layers of linguistics, adjusting the language of 'land reform' to gain acceptance by various strata of society. Furtherm...
Posted: Tue Oct 6, 2015 9:21AM
Feds undermine Stockton California mayor - by David Roknich/IndyRadio
Stockton Mayor (here seen sleeping with the homeless under a freeway) was forced to give up his laptop password by DHS agents after returning from a mayor's conference in China. They offered no reason for search and seizure, not even the minimal "reasonable suspicion" required by a recent federal appellate court ruling. Sources claim a secret investigation is underway.
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 11:37AM
TTIP: Attack on Democracy and the Constitutional State - by Elisabeth Beer and Thilo Bode
A mass demonstration is planned for Saturday October 10 in Berlin against the TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. A parallel private ad hoc arbitration system is created that will meet sometimes in hotels and is ruled by corporate lawyers. Labor and environmental protections could be called trade barriers. Corporations are given special rights to sue governments for lost profits in 3-judge arbitration courts whose decisions cannot be appealed. Corporations can sue st...
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 4:51AM
This Week in Palestine, October 2nd, 2015 (audio/mpeg 8.2MB) - by IMEMC
Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for September 26th, to October 2nd, 2015.
Posted: Sat Oct 3, 2015 10:20PM
Chronik: a new blog documenting social war from Germany - by chronik.blackblogs.org
More than two years have passed since Til Schweiger obtained the closure of directactionde.ucrony.net. Since that time, it’s been more difficult to create an overview – and to definitively give some courage. Indymedia Linksunten is used and considered by many as a platform, but texts published on it soon become archived on back pages. Chronics in ‘underground notebooks’ or listings by topics create an overview from time to time. Much remains unnoticed, especially without a claim of re...
Posted: Fri Oct 2, 2015 2:18PM
State Investment: The Beloved Enemy - by Patrick Schreiner
"The slow one now will later be fast as the present now will later be past." The state unlike the Swabian housewife can become indebted to invest in a more social and more human future. The state could protect nature and future generations (cf. Mary Wood) instead of cannibalizing itself in neoliberal myths. All personal achievement and corporate profits (c.g. Apple's Smartphone, Touchscreen and the Internet) would be impossible without state investments in roads, schools, hospitals, food saf...
Posted: Fri Oct 2, 2015 6:14AM
Puerto Rico Religious Leaders Call for Federal Action to Address Financial Crisis - by Adna Gasi
Religious Leaders Call for Federal Action Regarding Financial Crisis
Posted: Thu Oct 1, 2015 9:15AM
Ecuador: Land of Green Palm Farms, Plantation Forests, And Eco-Lodges - by Tomas DiFiore
Of Forests, Forest Plantations and Zero Net Deforestation vs No Deforestation: The Ecuadorian tropical forest, once hosting an enormous cultural and biological diversity is about to disappear. There's no time for concepts of certified forest exploitation. We hear a lot of concern from palm oil suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors about the “Zero-Deforestation By 2020” Pledge, and the first thing to realize as a consumer, is that the pledge doesn't say that. “Deforestation continue...
Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:42AM
Victory in Alaska: Shell Pulls Out of Arctic After Failing to Strike Oil - by Center for Biological Diversity
CHUKCHI SEA, Alaska— Royal Dutch Shell has announced an end to its Arctic oil exploration “for the foreseeable future” after failing to strike oil at its Burger Prospect site in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, located in remote federal waters within the Arctic Circle. The public and conservation groups have long opposed drilling in the Arctic — where an oil spill would be impossible to clean up — and have criticized the Obama administration’s approval of Shell’s permits.
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:03PM
Neglect of Public Housing - by Thomas Pany and Thorsten Knuf
Crisis and chance are represented by the same Chinese letter. Big US and German cities sold off public housing to gain revenue so the public housing stock fell from 3.5 million to 1.5 million. The housing emergency in Germany and the US demands counter-measures and tax incentives. The Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program has financed 2-3 million units. The state is obligated to protect human rights from the brutal and authoritarian profit-oriented market. Public spirit and trust b...
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:55AM
"Backlash" Japan Abe's Denialist Supporters Attack Korean Ex-Comfort Woman Grandma Yongsoo - by Labor Video Project
Japanese Prime Minister Abe's supporters in San Francisco attacked Korean Ex-Comfort Woman Grandma Yongsoo Lee as a "liar" and opposed the establishment of a memorial for the 200,000 sexual slaves used by the Japanese Imperial Army. The Japanese government is pushing to re-militarize and move toward war with China and other countries in Asia.
Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:07PM
Neoliberalism Blames Individuals for Inequality - by Patrick Schreiner
In neoliberal theories, social justice is not a meaningful category and social inequality is a necessary result of market processes... Performance justice is a necessary illusion. Responsibility for underprivileged social positions, poverty and misery is often shifted to individuals with the worst genes. The first strategy of becoming really rich is to seek out the right parents. The market and the market society are released from responsibility for social inequality.
Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:50AM
Argentina: Amanda mujer originaria en lucha - by reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras
Amanda Asijak relata cómo es resistir y luchar por su tierra tan lejos de ella. Describe su indignación ante el avasallamiento de los derechos de niños y mujeres en Formosa, reivindica la mujer indígena como símbolo de resistencia y las alienta a alzar la voz en defensa del territorio.
Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:24AM
Mission Carmel Vandalized Days After Pope Francis Canonizes Junipero Serra - by Monterey County News
Today, as a parish celebration of the sainthood of Junipero Serra was scheduled to take place at the Carmel Mission Basilica, a statue of Serra was toppled over and paint was smeared on two grave sites, as well as on signs with the name of Serra, and on the doors of the mission. One mission artifact was inscribed with the statement, "Saint of Genocide". As founder of the California mission system, Junipero Serra oversaw the enslavement and torture of tens of thousands of Native Americans. Ser...
Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 3:45PM
Indian Prime Minister Modi to Face Mounting Protests in Silicon Valley Visit - by Sharat G. Lin and Kaleem Kawaja
Opposition to Narendra Modi's visit to San Jose mounts as Indian-American groups and human rights organizations announce more protests and joint action. Modi's failure to address burning social issues, blind eye to attacks on minorities and women, and shielding of corruption is called into question. Scores of buses from across California are set to converge on SAP Center in San Jose.
Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:00PM
This Week in Palestine, September 25th, 2015 (audio/mpeg 9.1MB) - by IMEMC
Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for September 19th, to the 25th, 2015.
Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:24PM
Task Force Urges Pope Francis to Practice "Golden Rule" for LGBTQ People and Families - by via National LGBTQ Task Force
Washington, DC, September 24, 2015 — The National LGBTQ Task Force is urging Pope Francis to practice the “Golden Rule” for LGBTQ people and their families. The Pope emphasized the often quoted axiom in his address to a joint session of the US Congress—but went on to implicitly criticize marriage equality and reproductive rights, issues of vital importance to LGBTQ people and their allies.
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:01PM
Pope Francis Addresses Economic Issues During US Visit - by Adna Gasi
Pope Francis centers on economic issues during the first day of his US tour.
Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 2:03PM
Can Keynes Rescue Europe from the Euro Crisis? - by Martin Haller and Dirk Ehnts
Keynes' theories and concepts were pushed back with the rise of neoliberalism in the 1980s. A complete change of course occurred when state spending cuts, lower wages and devaluations failed and the recession led to a worldwide economic crisis. The state then spent money to create demand for products and services. Accepting a state deficit and spending money are vital in downturns and reducing state deficits in the upswing. Radical changes in priorities, paradigms and goals are necessary6 t...
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:13AM
This Week in Palestine, September 18th, 2015 (audio/mpeg 8.5MB) - by IMEMC
Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for September 12th, to the 18th, 2015.
Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:42PM