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text Politics Faded Out the Constitutional Offensiveness of Trade Agreements - by Axel Flessner, J Baertner and S Liebrich
The arbitration jurisdiction with the ISDS mechanism is the most controversial point of the two trade agreements. US corporations could file lawsuits against the German prohibition of gas production through fracking. They could demand compensation in the billions from the states. States could be deterred by the threat of lawsuits from environmental and labor protective regulations. These agreements are not trade bills but bills to increase corporate profits and privilege foreign investors...
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:20AM
text Association for Chicana/Chicano Studies Supports Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions - by via NACCS
The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Annual Conference took place in San Francisco from April 15-18, 2015. The business meeting, open to all members, took place on Saturday evening at the close of the conference. At the business meeting, the membership gave unanimous support to the Resolution to Support the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions. In addition, individual FOCOS (regional caucuses) and interest group Caucuses all voted to support the resolution.
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:24PM
text Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary Celebratory PSA - by Helen Walsh
On the ADA's 100 day countdown to the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we are pleased to announce the release of a universally designed 46 sec PSA marking the 25th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This PSA highlights several events leading up to as well as the signing of the ADA
Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:28PM
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
text The Clean Energy Blockade - by Emily Nuntrely
The oil and battery industries have spent over $73 Billion on disinformation and lobby campaigns to keep it from happening. Kleiner Perkins, Elon Musk and a cartel of Silicon Valley VC’s that control the battery market, will stop at nothing to sabotage it. The most powerful thing in the galaxy, our Sun, is powered by it. You can get it from any organic material, or body of water, anywhere, in any country, any place on Earth. If the word is even mentioned once in any blog, anywhere on th...
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:42PM
text Comments on the European Commission's approach to investor-state arbitration - by Gus Van Harten
Gus Van Harten is an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 11:05AM
text Debt slavery - by Ted Rudow III, MA
Senate Finance Committee leaders Republican Orrin Hatch and Democrat Ron Wyden are expected to introduce a "fast-track" trade promotion authority bill as early as this week that would give the president authority to negotiate the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and then present it to Congress for a yes-or-no vote, with no amendments allowed.
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:01PM
text Reinstatement Sought for NJ Teacher Suspended for Supporting Mumia - by Noelle Hanrahan, Prison Radio
Ms. Marylin Zuniga, a New Jersey public school teacher, demonstrated solidarity and concern when she encouraged her 3rd grade class to send get-well cards to Mumia last week. Unfortunately her positive intentions have caused a predictable backlash; she was immediately suspended and may lose her job.
Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:16PM
text Overdue farewell to dogma - by Thomas Palley and Gustav Horn
Mainstream economics did not see the crisis coming – and so far it has not done much to overcome it. However, at least in the USA, a rethink has started.
Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:10PM
text The rich get richer and the poor get poorer - by Ted Rudow III, MA
Protests are being held across the country today in what organizers call the "largest-ever mobilization of underpaid workers." Fast-food workers in 230 cities are walking off the job as part of the "Fight for $15" campaign, a push for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the right to form a union.
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:12PM
text Military purposes alone global stands at over $1.7 trillion - by Ted Rudow III, MA
They're the tax collectors of America. They'll pay them anything, because they're the ones that rake in all those billions of dollars that the U.S. Government has available to throw around. They waste on arms, missiles and atom bombs plus a huge paid military!
Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:28PM
text Mayor Announces Support for Reparations for Survivors of Chicago Police Torture - by Amnesty International
CHICAGO – After months of work by survivors and stakeholders, including Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM), Amnesty International USA, Project NIA and We Charge Genocide, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his support for a proposed ordinance that would provide reparations to survivors of Chicago Police torture during the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. The ordinance will be introduced to the Chicago City Council tomorrow.
Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:15PM
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
text Fast Track, TPP and TTIP Should Be Scrapped! - by Thilo Bode
How scandalous that communities and states should lose sovereignty to corporations! In the TTIP negotiated in secret, corporations can sue states for lost profits. The threat of a lawsuit can have a chilling effect on labor and environmental protective regulations. A parallel private arbitration system (ISDS) is created that privileges foreign investors over labor and the environment. Philip Morris, Violea, Vattenfall, Occidental, Pacific Rim and Metalclad are flagrant examples of profit ...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:20AM
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 DC-XKEY-SCORE: The Ultimate Anti-Corruption DIY Tool - by Anita Nuello
DC-XKEY-SCORE: The Ultimate Anti-Corruption DIY Tool Now YOU have the same resources as the CIA, FBI, NSA and Senate Investigators to help you terminate corruption. You have a bad, bad Senator, a corrupt mayor or a dirty Agency administrator. You, your community, your neighbors, your co-employees, your trade group or your friends want to help catch them and shut them down.
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 8:24AM
text A select few in Chicago - by Ted Rudow III, MA
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has won re-election in a hard-fought runoff against challenger Jesús "Chuy" García. Emanuel defeated García with a margin of around 55 percent to García’s 44 percent. Emanuel raised $23 million for the campaign, more than three times García’s $6 million. García, the son of Mexican immigrants, shocked the nation’s political establishment by forcing Emanuel into the runoff earlier this year.
Posted: Wed Apr 8, 2015 1:55PM
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
text How to protect yourself on the internet. - by Timson Wu
The most average, boring, "uninteresting" consumers are the ones that are the most targeted, the most "mood-manipulated", the most hacked and the most data-harvested! Every single thing you write in an email or text, or click on, will, eventually be psychologically analyzed by governments, lawsuit adversaries, foreign interests, hackers and marketing companies in order to learn what you really think and how you think. They can ALL get ahold of all of that material going back at least ten y...
Posted: Tue Apr 7, 2015 8:21AM

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