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ACLU Releases Detailed Best Practices for Police Body Cameras - by ACLU
NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union on May 21 released a detailed set of recommended policies for the use of police body cameras (see PDF).
Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 5:31PM
Canadian risk assessment finds GMO salmon susceptible to disease - by via Center for Food Safety
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A never-before-seen draft environmental review of AquaBounty Technologies’ (ABTX) genetically engineered (GE) salmon reveals that Canadian government scientists disagree with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on key questions related to the safety and performance of what may be the first GE animal approved for human consumption. In light of these findings, Food & Water Watch, Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth and Consumers Union today called on the ...
Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 4:48PM
Russia: Making troop deaths a secret ‘attacks freedom of expression’ - by Amnesty International
A decree signed today by President Vladimir Putin making deaths of Russian forces “in peacetime” a state secret is yet another attack on freedom of expression in the country, Amnesty International said.
Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 4:05PM
Mideast Migraines - Driving a Wedge Between Jews and Minorities (audio/mpeg 136.9MB) - by Ren Tawil
Another BDS request for entertainers to cancel Israeli gig; Campus Debates on Israel Drive a Wedge Between Jews and Minorities; Testimony of Soldiers involved in Last Summer's Gaza War; music of Andrea Bocelli. Length: 1:59:36/ Date Recorded: 2015-05-18/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (140MB), Mono
Posted: Sat May 23, 2015 1:47PM
Breaking Bodies: Torture and Summary Killings in Eastern Ukraine - by Amnesty International
Overwhelming evidence of ongoing war crimes, including torture and summary killings of prisoners, serve as a stark reminder of the brutal practices being committed on a near-daily basis in eastern Ukraine’s conflict, Amnesty International said in a comprehensive new briefing today (see PDF).
Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 6:26PM
Prospective American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples risks progress - by Amnesty International
Prospective American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples risks undermining a decade of progress
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 6:04PM
Corporate Trade Agenda Attacks Americans’ Right to Know - by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C.—Today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that mandatory country of origin labels (COOL) rules for meat and poultry that went into effect in the United States in 2013 are not compliant with global trade standards. The WTO continued to find that the goal of providing information to consumers was compliant with international trade rules, but it decided narrowly that the implementation of the rules for COOL labels negatively impacted livestock imports from Canada and Mex...
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 5:13PM
Groups Sue Obama Administration Over Weak Tank Car Standards - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— In the wake of a spate of fiery derailments and toxic spills involving trains hauling volatile crude oil, a coalition of conservation organizations and citizen groups are challenging the U.S. Department of Transportation’s weak safety standards for oil trains. Less than a week after the DOT released its final tank car safety rule on May 1, a train carrying crude oil exploded outside of Heimdal, N.D. Under the current standards, the tank cars involved in the accident would n...
Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 7:02PM
Nurses Join Teachers, Parents and Students to Voice Opposition to Phillips 66 Oil Train - by via California Nurses Association
Registered nurses will join with parents and students for three days of events opposing the Phillips 66 Oil Train Project, which starts this Thursday by urging the Templeton School Board to oppose the controversial Phillips 66 proposal to add five additional rail shipments a week of dirty tar sands crude oil through the center of San Luis Obispo County to Phillips’ Santa Maria refinery. Photo: 2014 oil train derailment in Seattle, Washington. Photo Credit: Flicker user, EcologyWA
Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 9:03AM
Petition Seeks Emergency Moratorium on Imports of Salamanders for Pet Trade - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Save the Frogs today filed a formal petition to the Interior secretary seeking an emergency moratorium on the import of salamanders for the pet trade to prevent introduction of the deadly fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) into the United States. Bsal is a highly virulent pathogen from Asia spreading through the salamander pet trade and killing wild salamanders; it has already nearly wiped out wild fire salamanders in the Neth...
Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 8:33AM
Mideast Migraines - Science Can Now Spot Trolls (audio/mpeg 52.5MB) - by Ren Tawil
Science can now spot internet trolls after just five comments; Hearted Letter to Bibi; Beit Sahour’s first intifada heroes celebrated in intelligent, funny film; Americans Want Netanyahu Investigated by the FBI for Nuclear Espionage; Arab-American music. Length: 1:54:37/ Date Recorded: 2015-04-20/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info/ 64Kbps, mp3 (54MB), Mono
Posted: Sun May 3, 2015 3:28PM
Mideast Migraines - Interview with Bruce Gould (audio/mpeg 78.0MB) - by Ren Tawil
An interview with American Jewish commentator and researcher Bruce Gould. (Abridged program this date due to technical difficulties.) Length: 1:08:08/ Date Recorded: 2015-03-30/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info/ 64Kbps, mp3 (80MB), Mono
Posted: Sat May 2, 2015 10:47AM
Court Challenge Filed to Stop Uranium Mining Next to Grand Canyon National Park - by Center for Biological Diversity
PHOENIX, Ariz.— A coalition of conservation groups announced today they are appealing a lower court decision that opens the door to new uranium mining at the Canyon uranium mine, located only six miles from Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim.
Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:38PM
Bratton Report Glosses over Impact Broken Windows Policing Has on NY Communities of Color - by American Civil Liberties Union
NEW YORK - In response to a report (see PDF) released today by the NYPD and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton in defense of Broken Windows policing, the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. It is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.
Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:51PM
Chumash Nation Honors Mission Ancestors and Opposes Serra Sainthood - by via AIM Southern California
In opposition of the Pope's plans, the Barbareno Chumash Tribal Iyalmuwic Council and the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation will lead a weekend of cultural reverence and resistance to the notion of Serras' Canonization; highlighted by a ceremony to honor the more than 4,000 ancestors who lost their lives who are buried in a mass gravesite. The ceremony will be outside the Santa Barbara Mission, May 31.
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:01PM
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
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
U.S. Inaction Following CIA Torture Report is De Facto Amnesty for Perpetrators - 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
Nearly 80% of Surveyed US Companies Fail to Meet Requirements of Conflict Minerals Law - 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
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