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Study: Airline Fuel Efficiency Grounded as Profits Soar - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— As 24 million Americans prepare for Thanksgiving air travel, a new analysis reveals that U.S. domestic airlines showed no improvement in fuel efficiency last year, highlighting the urgent need for the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the industry’s rapidly increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:31AM
Internet freedom faces new attack as China seeks to shape global web rules - by Amnesty International
The Chinese government’s increasing efforts to influence global cyberspace rules is a further sign that internet freedom is under a sustained attack, said Amnesty International, ahead of China’s first World Internet Conference.
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:40PM
New Study: Alaskan Polar Bear Population Has Dropped by 40 Percent - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Global warming has driven a 40-percent decline in the number of polar bears in eastern Alaska and western Canada, a new study finds. The Southern Beaufort Sea polar bear population has dropped to just 900 bears, a severe decline since the last estimate in 2006 that documented more than 1,500 bears. The Southern Beaufort Sea polar bears live in eastern Alaska and western Canada and are one of only two polar bear populations in the United States.
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:28PM
Mideast Migraines - Noura Erakat interview (audio/mpeg 82.8MB) - by Ren Tawil
Pal. Sol. Telesummit interview with Noura Erakat, attorney for the PLO and other entities; Rasmea Odeh found guilty in questionable court desision; disturbing quotes from leading Zionists; Panacea Records & Stuart Davis. Length: 2:00:38/ Date Recorded: 2014-11-10/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (85MB), Mono
Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 1:51PM
Mideast Migraines - interview w/R. Vilkommerson (audio/mpeg 53.5MB) - by Ren Tawil
Palestine Solidarity Telesummit interview with Rebecca Vilkommerson, director of Jewish Voice for Peace; Netanyahu called "chickenshit", by U.S. official; Zionism and the Misuse of MLK; oud music. Length: 1:56:55 Date Recorded: 2014-11-03/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (55MB), Mono
Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 1:35PM
Hezbollah & the Battle Against ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra in Lebanon (Censored on Facebook) - by Steven Argue
I posted the following on Facebook, but it has been completely deleted by the Facebook staff almost everywhere it was posted and shared. Elsewhere on Facebook, the text remains, but the photo has been removed. In addition, Facebook is blocking the ability to repost it. This is in league with past Facebook censorship of many people, including this author, regarding protests against police brutality in Ferguson and opposing the Israeli slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza. This calls into ques...
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 6:39AM
Mideast Migraines - closing "Reframing" (audio/mpeg 53.3MB) - by Ren Tawil
Finish reading "Reframing Anti-Semitism", chapters 7 & 8. Length: 1:56:32/ Date Recorded: 2014-11-01/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (55MB), Mono
Posted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:46PM
Mideast Migraines - Palestine Solidarity Telesummit w/Remi Kanazi (audio/mpeg 135.8MB) - by Ren Tawil
Palestine Solidarity Telesummit weekly video interview began the series with Remi Kanazi, Palestinian-American from Massachusetts; music. Length: 1:58:40/ Date Recorded: 2014-10-27/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (139MB), Mono
Posted: Sat Nov 8, 2014 11:04AM
Eastern Ukraine: Both sides responsible for indiscriminate attacks - by Amnesty International
The killing of a schoolboy and an 18-year-old during shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Wednesday highlights a larger pattern of indiscriminate attacks which could amount to war crimes, Amnesty International said today.
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 3:40PM
Chinese activists detained for supporting Hong Kong protests - by Amnesty International
Amnesty International is aware of the following mainland Chinese activists and citizens that have been detained for peacefully expressing support for the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests.
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 3:38PM
UK government 'routinely' spies on lawyers - by Amnesty International
Legal policies which allow the UK intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ to access confidential privileged communications between lawyers and clients were disclosed in court today. The documents were disclosed in a claim brought against the government by Libyan man Abdel Hakim Belhaj and Amnesty International.
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 3:35PM
Israeli forces displayed ‘callous indifference’ in deadly attacks on family homes in Gaza - by Amnesty International
Israeli forces have killed scores of Palestinian civilians in attacks targeting houses full of families which in some cases have amounted to war crimes, Amnesty International has disclosed in a new report (see PDF) on the latest Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip.
Posted: Tue Nov 4, 2014 7:10PM
Mideast Migraines - Reframing Anti-Semitism, chapters 4 thru 7.5 (audio/mpeg 134.8MB) - by Ren Tawil
Continuing the short anthology of edited articles which take a second, much closer look at accusations of anti-Semitism (anti-Jewish) and their misuse; some oud music. Length: 1:57:46/ Date Recorded: 2014-10-25/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (138MB), Mono
Posted: Sun Nov 2, 2014 2:56PM
UK: Notorious rendition-to-torture case allowed to go to trial - by Amnesty International
Today’s decision of the Court of Appeal in London permitting a lawsuit regarding illegal transfer, torture and other ill-treatment to proceed puts the onus on the UK government to answer allegations for its role in a notorious rendition case, Amnesty International said.
Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:11PM
New report points to benefits of National Marine Sanctuary designation for Central Coast - by Sierra Club California
San Luis Obispo, Calif. – A new report released on October 7 points to the economic benefits that would come to California’s Central Coast, and particularly San Luis Obispo County, if the region were to receive National Marine Sanctuary designation. The report finds that if the San Luis Obispo County coastline were designated as a National Marine Sanctuary, the region could expect increased economic activity of more than $23 million annually as well as the creation of at least 6...
Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:57PM
AquaBounty Fined for Repeated Environmental Violations on Genetically Engineered Salmon - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, DC. — Officials in Panama have ruled that AquaBounty Technologies has been operating in violation of environmental regulations as it experiments with genetically engineered (GE) salmon in that country. In a decision that could challenge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) ongoing safety assessment of AquaBounty’s GE salmon, Panamanian officials fined the company $9500. Food & Water Watch, Center for Food Safety and Friends of the Earth called on the FDA today t...
Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:34PM
Gray Wolf Spotted in Grand Canyon National Park for First Time in Over 70 Years - by Center for Biological Diversity
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz.— For the first time since the 1940s, a gray wolf is roaming the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The wolf, which is wearing an inactive radio collar, is likely a gray wolf that dispersed from the northern Rocky Mountains. The intrepid wolf is currently fully protected under the Endangered Species Act, which prohibits killing, wounding or harassing the animal and provides other protections. However, those protections could be stripped under the Obama administr...
Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:59PM
New Study: Deadly Skin-eating Fungus Threatens to Wipe Out Salamanders - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The journal Science today published a study documenting a new threat to the world’s salamanders from a deadly skin-eating fungus. A relative of the killer chytrid fungus that has devastated frog populations, the new disease called Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, or Bs, is sweeping through salamander populations in Europe. While the disease has not yet reached the United States, scientists found that imports of infected individuals pose a risk of spreading the highly lethal ...
Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:32PM
Norway Plans Whale Meat Shipment to Iceland - by Animal Welfare Institute
Washington, DC—Documents obtained by the Washington, DC-based Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) reveal that a Norwegian whaling company, Lofothval, has sought permission to ship up to 22,000 pounds (10 metric tons) of whale meat to Iceland. The export request comes barely a month after the United States government raised concerns about Norway’s escalating whaling and trade in whale products during the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:47PM
Mideast Migraines - 'Klinghoffer' Still Draws Protests (audio/mpeg 126.9MB) - by Ren Tawil
The New York Met Opera resurrects performances of 'The Death of Klinghoffer' after 23 years and pro-Israel Americans are still up in arms. The composer, lyricist and producers maintain that there is nothing anti-Semitic about the work; music. Length: 1:50:55/ Date Recorded: 2014-10-20/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (130MB), Mono
Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:40PM