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text Federal Legislation Introduced to Prohibit Slaughter of American Horses - by via Animal Welfare Institute
Washington, DC—Federal lawmakers today introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the US, end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 1942, was introduced by Reps. Frank Guinta (R-NH), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM). The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of...
Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:48PM
text On Earth Day Pocan and Schakowsky Introduce Strongest Federal Fracking Ban in the U.S. - by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. — On Earth Day, U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), members of the Safe Climate Caucus, introduced the Protect Our Public Lands Act, H.R. 1902. The legislation is the strongest anti-fracking bill introduced in Congress to date and would ban fracking on public lands.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:13PM
document U.S. Inaction Following CIA Torture Report is De Facto Amnesty for Perpetrators cia_torture_report.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Amnesty International
NEW YORK - Amnesty International released a report on April 21 (see PDF) criticizing the Obama administration’s silence in the wake of the Senate torture report, calling it de facto amnesty for those responsible for CIA torture. The government inaction following the December publication of the summary report on the CIA’s secret detention program is outlined in detail in the new report, Crimes and Impunity. The document also highlights the lack of accountability for enforced disappearance ...
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:06PM
document Nearly 80% of Surveyed US Companies Fail to Meet Requirements of Conflict Minerals Law digging_for_transparency.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Amnesty International
Nearly 80 per cent of U.S. public companies analyzed by human rights groups are failing to adequately check and disclose whether their products contain conflict minerals from Central Africa, a new report by Amnesty International and Global Witness reveals.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:01PM
text New Study: Common Pesticides Pose Significant Risk to Wild Bees - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— A study published today in the journal Nature finds that the use of neonicotinoids, the most widely used insecticides in the United States, has serious consequences for wild bees. The study, conducted in Sweden, finds that in field conditions, neonicotinoid use as a seed coating reduces wild bee density, solitary bee nesting and bumblebee colony growth; it concluded that the “contribution of pesticides to the global decline of wild bees may have been underestimated.” The fin...
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:48PM
image President Obama’s Earth Day Climate Message Inconsistent With His Support for Fracking 120_fracking-rig.jpg original image ( 720x580) - by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. – As President Obama prepares to travel to South Florida’s Everglades tomorrow to deliver an Earth Day speech on climate change, the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch is highlighting the disconnect between the President’s statements on climate and his administration’s promotion of fracking on “protected” federal lands – including some in the Everglades region. In March, the Obama administration released toothless regulations that encourage new fracking ...
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:48PM
text 10th Circuit Court Rejects Navajo Coal Mine Emergency Motion - by Center for Biological Diversity
DENVER— Two days after a federal district court halted coal mining within a newly expanded area of New Mexico’s Navajo Mine, mine operators filed an emergency motion asking the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow that coal mining to resume. The appeals court on Thursday denied that motion, saying that the Navajo Mine’s owner, the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, “failed to make the requisite showing” justifying their request to restart coal mining.
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:49PM
text 5 Years After Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Obama Pursues More Offshore Drilling - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— Five years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Gulf of Mexico is still reeling from the nation’s biggest oil spill yet the Obama administration is pursuing dangerous new offshore oil drilling projects in the Gulf and in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, putting more wildlife at risk and exacerbating global climate change.
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:33PM
audio Mideast Migraines - The Ideas that Define Benjamin Netanyahu (audio/mpeg 140.0MB) - by Ren Tawil
The Ideas that Define Benjamin Netanyahu, The real winner in Israel's election: BDS, Time to Sanction Israel‏, LATEST ON GAZA GAS DEVELOPMENTS, music of Arab Americans. Length: 2:02:18/ Date Recorded: 2015-03-23/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info/ 64Kbps, mp3 (143MB), Mono
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:49PM
text ACLU, Detroit Agree On Interim Rules To Protect Free Speech In Public Parks - by American Civil Liberties Union
DETROIT - In an effort to settle an ACLU of Michigan lawsuit that accuses the private groups that manage and secure Detroit’s Campus Martius Park of illegally banning activists, the City of Detroit agreed on Thursday to immediately implement a series of interim rules designed to safeguard free-speech rights at all of its public parks.
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:06PM
document The Human Rights Impact of Less Lethal Weapons and Other Law Enforcement Equipment human_rights_impact_less_lethal_weapons_doha_paper.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Amnesty International
Law enforcement agencies around the world regularly misuse so-called “less-lethal” weapons and equipment for torture and their use can also have deadly consequences, Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation said as they launched a new briefing at the United Nations Crime Congress in Doha, Qatar.
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:37PM
audio Mideast Migraines - WP, Reflections On Nonviolence (audio/mpeg 136.8MB) - by Ren Tawil
Continued reading of "Witness in Palestine", including journal entry entitled Reflections On Nonviolence. Length: 1:59:33/ Date Recorded: 2015-03-14/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (140MB), Mono
Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 2:13PM
text Groups Challenge Major USDA Change to Organic Rule - by via Food & Water Watch
Organic stakeholders filed a lawsuit in federal court, maintaining that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the federal rulemaking process when it changed established procedures for reviewing the potential hazards and need for synthetic chemicals in certified organic food. A coalition of 15 organic food producers and farmer, consumer, environmental, and certification groups asked the court to require USDA to reconsider its decision on the rule change and reinstitute the agency...
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 5:46PM
text Federal Judge OKs Uranium Mining Next to Grand Canyon National Park - by Center for Biological Diversity
PHOENIX, Ariz.— U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell denied a request to halt new uranium mining at the Canyon uranium mine, located only six miles from Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim. The Havasupai tribe and a coalition of conservation groups had challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to allow Energy Fuels Inc. to reopen the mine without initiating or completing formal tribal consultations and without updating an obsolete federal environmental review dating to 1986. ...
Posted: Wed Apr 8, 2015 1:08PM
image Death Sentences and Executions 2014 120_death_sentence_statistics.jpg original image ( 500x245) - by Amnesty International
An alarming number of countries used the death penalty to tackle real or perceived threats to state security linked to terrorism, crime or internal instability in 2014, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.
Posted: Wed Apr 1, 2015 5:00PM
text Court Rules Navy Training in Pacific Violates Laws Meant to Protect Whales, Sea Turtles - by Center for Biological Diversity
HONOLULU— A federal judge ruled on Tuesday (see PDF) that the National Marine Fisheries Service acted illegally in approving U.S. Navy testing and training activities in the Pacific Ocean that threaten widespread harm to whales, dolphins, other marine mammals and imperiled sea turtles.
Posted: Wed Apr 1, 2015 2:04PM
image Violence, death and injustice: A beginner’s guide to human rights in Nigeria 120_nigeria.jpg original image ( 500x245) - by Amnesty International
Violence, death and injustice: A beginner’s guide to human rights in Nigeria
Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:11PM
text Yemen: At least six civilians burn to death in further airstrikes overnight - by Amnesty International
There is growing evidence that the Saudi Arabian-led military coalition is failing to take precautions to prevent civilian deaths amid ongoing airstrikes on sites around Yemen, Amnesty International said, as it confirmed that at least six civilians, including four children, were among 14 people who burned to death in further strikes early this morning.
Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:58PM
image Saudi Arabian and U.S. Imperialist Hands off Yemen! 120_a_yemen_mass_rally.jpg original image ( 1024x655) - by Steven Argue
[Photo: Mass rally against air strikes in Sana’a, Yemen, held on March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah.]
Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:09AM
image Lawsuit Filed to Protect Rare Colorado, Utah Wildflowers Threatened by Oil Shale Mining 120_grahams_beardtongue_penstemon_grahamii_susan_meyer.jpg original image ( 1500x2000) - by Center for Biological Diversity
DENVER— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today in federal court in Denver challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to deny Endangered Species Act protection to two imperiled wildflowers that live only on oil shale formations in Colorado and Utah. Oil shale and tar sands mining and traditional oil and gas drilling threaten 100 percent of known White River beardtongue populations and over 85 percent of the known Graham’s beardtongue populations.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:57PM

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