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Court: EPA Failed to Protect U.S. Waters From Aquatic Invasive Species - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANN ARBOR, Mich.— In a 3-0 decision that has ramifications for waters across the country — from Long Island Sound to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico to San Francisco Bay — the U.S. Court of Appeals’ 2nd Circuit today ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed its responsibility under the Clean Water Act to protect U.S. waters from aquatic invasive species introduced by ship’s ballast water discharge. Ballast water invaders cost citizens, businesses, industry an...
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 4:52PM
Ohio Cannabis Legalization Initiative – A Cautionary Tale for California - by via Lanny Swerdlow, RN
Receiving scant attention from marijuana legalization advocates and just about zero attention in the national media, voters in Ohio will be deciding on a very controversial marijuana legalization initiative this November. It is a cautionary tale that the backers of California’s multiple marijuana legalization initiatives should be paying close attention to.
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 10:48AM
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
Author Anita Wills announces release of book, A Nation of Flaws JustUs in the Homeland - by Anita L Wills
Author Anita Wills announces the release of her book, A Nation of Flaws JustUs in the Homeland. The book is an indepth look at the state of the American Justice System and its treatment of African Americans.
Posted: Sun Oct 4, 2015 5:55PM
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
National Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Day October 7 (audio/mpeg 30.7MB) - by WTUL News & Views
Friends and families of loved ones with serious mental illness hold National Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Day October 7, 2015 to urge Representatives Upton and Pallone to Pass HR 2646 "The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act"
Posted: Fri Oct 2, 2015 8:36AM
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
Charlotte Laws: Rebel with a Cause - by Denise Fleck
In her memoir, "Rebel in High Heels," television personality and long-time animal activist, Dr. Charlotte Laws, promotes the idea of moving from a democracy to an omniocracy—a government with representation for all living beings.
Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:10AM
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
Groups Sue to Overturn Controversial Wyoming Data-Censorship Laws - by via Center for Food Safety
CHEYENNE, WY (September 29, 2015) – A diverse coalition of conservation, press, academic and animal-protection groups filed suit today in federal court seeking to strike down a pair of Wyoming state laws that stifle freedom of speech and make citizen science illegal in the state. The suit claims that in violation of Americans’ constitutional rights, the laws punish communication to government agencies of photos and data taken on open land, criminalizing otherwise lawful advocacy in an att...
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:00PM
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
Ramsey Orta has been catching hell. (video/quicktime 45.1MB) - by WeCopwatch
over the last year it wasn't been organized copwatch groups or projects that brought the killing of Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, or Walter Scott to the public eye, but rather individuals who live in the areas being impacted by police violence. With this overt transition of copwatch from the privileged to the oppressed, there is a responsibility for organized Copwatch groups, as well as police accountability groups to support and insulate these "Copwatchers" so they are not targeted for retaliat...
Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:36PM
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
Bernie Sanders' Vague Statement on “War and Peace” is Wanting - by Jonathan Nack
File photo Sanders' call for a grassroots movement to take power away from the Billionaires and their corporations, and his specific proposals on domestic issues, such as free higher education, give people who want real progressive changes reasons to be excited. His statement on War and Peace does not. Those with politics further to the left, whom call for dramatic reductions in the military budget and an end to the so-called “war on terrorism,” and those with a critique of U.S. im...
Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 6:01PM
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
Environmental, Animal Protection Groups Join Fight to Halt Florida's Black Bear Hunt - by Center for Biological Diversity
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Local, state and national animal-protection and environmental organizations filed a “friend of the court” brief today in support of a lawsuit to stop the impending trophy hunt of Florida black bears, an iconic and rare Florida species with a long history of threats to its survival.
Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:17PM