ACLU Comment on First Release of Fe...

ACLU Comment on First Release of Federal Prisoners After Changes in Draconian Drug Laws

The Department of Justice announced that 6,000 federal prisoners will be released between October 30 and November 2, some to halfway houses. They are eligible for release due to changes  in sentencing laws made retroactive by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. More prisoners will be released in the coming months and years.    

Jesselyn McCurdy, Senior Legislative Counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, had this comment: ?Today?s announcement is nothing short of thrilling because it carries justice.    

Civil Society Comes Together in Lat...

Civil Society Comes Together in Latin America to Challenge the World Bank?s Annual Meetings

The International Monetary Fund?World Bank Annual Meetings will take place in Lima, Peru this year from October 9 to 11. This is the first time these meetings are happening in Latin America in over 40 years. Peru is the poster child for the World Bank claiming ?success? from its neoliberal policies and reforms, which the Bank is promoting to the rest of the world.

Saudi Government Threatens Death Pe...

Saudi Government Threatens Death Penalty For Tweeting - Reports

The Saudi Arabian Government has warned that people could face execution for tweeting ?rumours,? according to the state-backed Makkah Newspaper.

Land "Grabbing" Grows as Agricultur...

Land "Grabbing" Grows as Agricultural Resources Dwindle

Since 2000, more than 36 million hectares---- an area about the size of Japan---- has been purchased or leased by foreign entities, mostly for agricultural use. Today, nearly 15 million hectares more is under negotiation (

IMF Report Downgrades Global Econom...

IMF Report Downgrades Global Economy and Issues Debt Warning

Jubilee USA

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgrades global growth forecasts and warns of rising debt levels in "emerging" economies in its newly released World Economic Outlook report. The report lowers growth forecasts in low-income and developing countries from 6% in 2014 to 4.8% in 2015. The IMF releases the report twice a year before its Spring and Annual Meetings. This year's joint IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings begin this week in Lima, Peru. 

Trans Pacific Partnership Countries...

Trans Pacific Partnership Countries Announce 'Agreement in Principle' Posing Serious Threat to Global Internet Users


The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement reached today comes as the result of over five years of negotiations and poses an extreme threat to free expression online, and poses an extreme threat to free expression online.

Russia's Vladimir Putin says his ma...

Russia's Vladimir Putin says his marriage is over

Source: [b]BBC[/b] Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila have said their marriage is over. The couple, who had been married for 30 years, made their divorce public on Russian state television after attending a ballet performance. "It was a joint decision, we hardly ...
Christie expected to name Lautenber...

Christie expected to name Lautenberg successor

Source: [b]News12 NJ[/b] New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears poised to name a temporary successor to the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The governor has scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference in Trenton. However, the announcement did not specify a topic. Lautenberg died Monday a...
George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammator...

George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammatory terms’ banned from trial

Source: [b]Yahoo News[/b] George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammatory terms’ banned from trial The Lookout By Jason Sickles, an arrives for a pretrial hearing on Thursday. (Joe Burbank/Getty) “Profiled” “Vigilante” “Self-appointed Neighborhood Watch Captain” “Wannabe cop” Suspec...
Swimming Champion, Movie Star Esthe...

Swimming Champion, Movie Star Esther Williams Dies

Source: [b]ABC News[/b] By BOB THOMAS Associated Press LOS ANGELES June 6, 2013 (AP) Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91. Williams's died early Thursday in h...
Syria Hails Qusair Capture as Fores...

Syria Hails Qusair Capture as Foreshadowing Rebel Defeat

Source: [b]Bloomberg[/b] The Syrian governmment’s capture of al-Qusair is a “strategic turning point” marking the beginning of the end for the armed opposition, Syria’s premier said, as the army promised mercy for surrendering rebels. Retaking the city opens the door “for successive vi...
Lindsey Graham ‘glad’ NSA collectin...

Lindsey Graham ‘glad’ NSA collecting phone records

Source: [b]Yahoo News[/b] Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on Thursday morning he's "glad" the National Security Agency is secretly collecting millions of telephone records from Americans in an effort to track down terrorism suspects. “We are very much under threat," Graham said on "F...


Bernie Sanders Doing Better Than Cl...

Bernie Sanders Doing Better Than Clinton Against Republicans In New Hampshire And Iowa

Hillary Clinton has been doing poorly in the battle ground states and among independents, while Bernie Sanders has been doing unexpectedly well. The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls of Iowa and New Hampshire show Sanders doing better than Clinton in head to head match-ups against Republican candidates: In Iowa, Republican Jeb Bush leads Clinton […]
SciFi Weekend: Continuum; Doctor Wh...

SciFi Weekend: Continuum; Doctor Who; Agents of SHIELD; X-Files; Orphan Black; Jennifer Lawrence on Donald Trump; Hillary Clinton on SNL

Zero Hour, the fourth episode of the final season of Continuum, was by far the most significant episode so far this season. After my teasers last week, I will go ahead with a more detailed discussion now that it has aired in the United States. The episode answered some questions going back to the first […]
Sanders Joins Obama In Opposing Cli...

Sanders Joins Obama In Opposing Clinton?s Hawkish Views On Syria

While economics have so far dominated the campaign, I feel that the number one reason to nominate Bernie Sanders and not Hillary Clinton is to prevent a return to the foreign policy of George Bush and get us involved in further foolish military intervention. Clinton has a long history of irrational hawkishness. This includes pushing […]
Support For Clinton Continues To Er...

Support For Clinton Continues To Erode As Donors And Unions Watch Biden and Sanders

Following other recent bad news for Hillary Clinton and good news for Bernie Sanders, support for Hillary Clinton continues to erode. The Wall Street Journal reports on more former Clinton fund raisers who are defecting to Biden: Some Hillary Clinton donors are defecting to Joe Biden, resisting entreaties from the Democratic front-runner?s campaign to stand […]
Lawrence Lessig Protests Acts By DN...

Lawrence Lessig Protests Acts By DNC To Keep Him Out Of Democratic Debate

As I noted earlier in the week, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chafee have all met the criteria to make the Democratic debate (an average of 1% in three polls, recognized by CNN, released between Aug. 1 and Oct. 10). Joe Biden will be allowed into the debate if he […]
Another Very Good Day For Bernie Sa...

Another Very Good Day For Bernie Sanders And Bad Day For Hillary Clinton?Fund Raising, Email, And A New Poll

When I wrote about the record number of contributions Sanders received in the last quarter yesterday I did not know just how good the news would turn out to be for Sanders. Despite relying on small donations, Sanders raised $26 million dollars, compared to $28 million for Clinton. Chris Cillizza discussed the significance of these […]


The Making of a Sociopathic Killer:...

The Making of a Sociopathic Killer: A List of Risk Factors for School Shooters

Because of my insider experience dealing with many survivors of psychiatry and the psycho-pharmaceutical industry, I have learned a lot about the dark side of those two industries. I have chosen to perform my ethical duty to warn potential future victims
"It Is Very Heavy Here Right Now"

"It Is Very Heavy Here Right Now"

What will stop this madness? For an answer, start by looking in the mirror. Wherever you are, there are institutions, religious and secular, that are silent, media that is biased, and politicians who are indifferent to the suffering.
In Brief: "Lone Nuts" and Natural F...

In Brief: "Lone Nuts" and Natural Fruit; Moscow Murk

Hypercapitalism destroys social, family, community and economic bonds; it sows division, isolation, competition, greed; lauds force and violence and war as supreme values; turns rape and murder into nightly entertainment; dehumanizes and commodifies human beings at every turn ... and then we wonder why our society produces so many troubled, isolated, violent souls out there.
Shifting the blame

Shifting the blame

As if the US atrocity of bombing a Doctors w/out Borders hospital in Afghanistan wasn't so horrible it gets compounded by responses from US officials. "The hospital may have been collateral damage; Afghan forces requested the strike"-as if US advisers weren't in on calling the strike. This was an AC-130 attack gunship, that hit the hospital & this after the hospital gave GPS coordinates days before so they wouldn't get hit.
What You Need to Know About CHIP, t...

What You Need to Know About CHIP, the $9 Computer

CHIP is a $9 computer processor with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage.
A Bold Proposal For Comprehensive G...

A Bold Proposal For Comprehensive Gun Regulation

From most of our timid politicians we've heard much hand wringing after one gun massacre after another, from some various constructive proposals, but no actual comprehensive plan frankly from anyone. After much input from our participants, here's our own proposal in the form of an action page, which no law-abiding gun owner should have any objection to, though it is bold, and novel in a number of aspects.

Oops, says former congressman who e...

Oops, says former congressman who ended research into gun violence

President Barack Obama attends the Sandy Hook interfaith vigil at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.
President Barack Obama attends the Sandy Hook interfaith vigil at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012
Former Rep. Jay Dickey (R-AR) is best known for his amendment that restricted federal funding into gun violence research, passed in 1996. Countless gun deaths later, Dickey is wondering if that was such a good idea after all. "I wish we had started the proper research and kept it going all this time," Dickey, an Arkansas Republican, told the Huffington Post in an interview. "I have regrets." [?]

At first, the House tried to close down the CDC's entire, $46 million National Center for Injury Prevention. When that failed, Dickey stepped in with an alternative: strip $2.6 million that the agency had spent on gun studies that year.

Dickey proclaimed victory?an end, he said at the time, to the CDC's attempts "to raise emotional sympathy" around gun violence. But the agency spent the subsequent years petrified of doing any research on gun violence, making the costs of the amendment clear even to Dickey himself.

Without public policy research, public policy becomes much harder to make. That was a simple formula understood by the NRA when it started pressing for defunding of gun violence research. It's worked almost completely. The ban was initially applied just to funding for the Centers for Disease Control, so some funding was still available through the National Institutes of Health. Until 2011, that is, when Congress extended the ban to the NIH. "If there is no research, it is harder to make suggestions for policy reform," said Dr. Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis. "And if you have a vested interest in stopping policy reform, what better way to do it than to choke off the research? It was brilliant and it worked. And my question is how many people died as a result?? So, too little, too late on the regrets, Mr. Dickey. The blood of all the people killed and maimed by gun violence isn't exclusively on your hands, because god knows there's plenty to go around. All the same, he has a message for current lawmakers: "I?d tell them there is research and then there is research. And I would point to this little [highway barricade] fence and say that research has done some good."
Republican Congress hopes to force ...

Republican Congress hopes to force a veto-palooza from President Obama

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (C) is flanked by Senator John Thune (R-SD) (L) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) (R) as he addresses reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 4, 2014.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES
Congressional Republicans have apparently decided that the path to 2016 success is campaigning against President Obama, so they are planning to spend the next 15 months trying to pass stuff that he will be forced to veto. They started Tuesday with a defense authorization conference report, and enough Democrats voted for cloture that the final bill will probably pass, and head for the president's desk. The White House, which reiterated the veto threat yesterday, is angry that Republicans are using the annual legislation to pour extra money into the Defense Department, thus bypassing caps that were put in place by sequestration while leaving domestic programs underfunded.

The $612 billion bill also restricts the administration?s ability to transfer suspected terrorists out of Guantanamo Bay, authorizes lethal assistance to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed rebels and extends the ban on torture to the CIA.

This vote was 72-36, but that doesn't necessarily reflect a willingness on the part of Democrats to override a veto. Particularly when the veto bait really starts kicking in, including their intention to try to defund Planned Parenthood through the reconciliation budget mechanism. The impetus behind this seems to be largely trying to keep the Republican House together. In this post-Boehner climate, Republican leaders are eager to show the base they are fighters. They want to prove to restive and angry conservatives that they too are restive and angry, but that their shared ideological priorities cannot be advanced so long as a Democrat is in the White House. GOP leaders muse privately that some high-profile vetoes make it easier for them to compromise with Obama on big-ticket, legacy-shaping legislation. That's assuming that Obama has any desire at all to work with Republicans on legacy-shaping stuff. Considering how they've obstructed his key long-term legacy?the federal judiciary?that doesn't seem too likely. So mostly it's about base politics. It's a plan that will certainly shore up the Obama-hating base and keep the House safely in Republican hands, but how it helps Republicans in a general election in winning the White House or retaining a Senate majority.
Lou Dobbs: 'almost a straight line'...

Lou Dobbs: 'almost a straight line' between mass shootings, school prayer

Twenty-seven wooden angel figures are seen placed in a wooded area beside a road near the Sandy Hook Elementary School for the victims of a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut December 16, 2012. Twelve girls, eight boys and six adult women were killed
The Fox News analysis: They didn't pray enough.
Fox News Business Genius Lou Dobbs knows why we're having all these mass shootings in our schools. No, it's not the guns. It's never the guns. Public schools, public school boards should demand a return to the Judeo-Christian ethic, to the practice of religion in our schools, prayer in schools, in my opinion. And, there is almost a straight line between what happened in 1963 and the denial of the right to pray in our public schools, and violence in our schools and our society, that has risen exponentially over that time. I wonder why this line of thinking isn't used more often by the business community. We're told that our children are being murdered because they're not allowed to pray hard enough or publicly enough, but you never hear Dobbs opining that IBM's fourth quarter profits are going to be flat because Jesus did it. You don't have Fox News panels sniffing that it's a shame Carly Florina had to lay off tens of thousands of people after a series of catastrophic business decisions, but those workers just didn't pray hard enough, now, did they.

So God is murdering our children because they don't pray enough and is causing hurricanes because gay people have too many rights these days, but when it comes to interest rates and dividends and oil spills and layoffs and American hedge fund managers hedge fund managing the world economy four feet into a six foot grave, you'll not hear Lou Dobbs offer up a peep about divine intervention in those cases. Because if he used those theories in his "business" analysis, he'd be off the air before the first commercial break.

TPP battle in Congress could last a...

TPP battle in Congress could last a few more months or to the end of next year. Foes stand firm

The final text of the 30-chapter Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement may not be available until early next month, and the earliest vote on it in Congress will be February. But that vote might not take place until December 2016. And, though liberal Democrats don't like the agreement and most Republicans tend to favor what they mislabel as "free trade," the opposing sides on the agreement are not completely aligned in the usual partisan way. Given this fact and that it's an election year, it's hard to be certain how the vote will turn out although it's clear that President Obama, armed with fast-track authority, has the advantage: Now the deal faces months of scrutiny in Congress, where some bipartisan opposition was immediate. That debate will unfurl against the backdrop of a presidential campaign in which populist anti-trade talk against the deal is already prominent.

Still, for Mr. Obama the accord could be a legacy-making achievement, drawing together countries representing two-fifths of the global economy, from Canada and Chile to Japan and Australia, into a web of common rules governing trans-Pacific commerce. It is the capstone both of his economic agenda to expand exports and of his foreign policy ?rebalance? toward closer relations with fast-growing eastern Asia, after years of American preoccupation with the Middle East and North Africa.

What's next? The U.S. Trade Representative will now work out the final language in detail. Once that is completed, President Obama is required to tell Congress that he intends to sign the agreement in 90 days. The document will then be available for the public to scrutinize. Sometime in January, the president will be able to sign the TPP, but he cannot submit enabling legislation to Congress for another 30 days after signing.

So, no sooner than February, he could use his "fast-track authority" to get the deal set for a vote. Passage only requires a simple majority, and the agreement cannot be amended or filibustered. TPP supporters in Congress, dominated by Republicans, might speed the whole process through before the election grabs everybody's attention.

But that process could be held up if the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees decide to propose changes before the enabling legislation is submitted. And those proposals for changes won't come solely from Democrats. The final concessions produced an outcome that irked certain corporate interests. For instance, Republicans "have warned that provisions on tobacco, currency policy and high-tech medicines that fly in the face of congressional directives could lead them to oppose the long-awaited agreement." That could cost Republican votes on the agreement. Thus, committee proposals as well as requests for additional information could mean there will be no congressional vote until after the November 2016 election.

The war of words over the agreement is well underway, as you can read below the fold. You can join us here in urging your member of Congress to reject the TPP.

Hoyer calls for Voting Rights Act r...

Hoyer calls for Voting Rights Act restoration in wake of Alabama DMV closures

U.S. Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) (L) and Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) appear at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, December 22, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

Democrats and voting rights supporters more generally aren't letting up on Alabama's decision to close 31 driver's license offices shortly after putting a voter ID law into effect. On Monday, Alabama Rep. Terri Sewell released a letter calling on the Justice Department to investigate the move. Following that, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer linked Alabama's move to the need to restore the Voting Rights Act:

?The Voting Rights Act was born from the bloody actions in Selma, Alabama, in March 1965, and since the Supreme Court struck down one of its most important protections ? the federal Justice Department?s ability to prevent discriminatory rules like Alabama?s photo identification requirement ? our democracy has been weakened," Hoyer said in a statement Monday evening.

In 2013, the Supreme Court invalidated the formula determining which states ? which, at the time, included Alabama ? were required to get "pre-clearance" from the federal government or a panel of judges before implementing changes to voting practices. The case itself originated in Alabama. There is speculation that Alabama stalled on implementing its photo ID voting law until the Supreme Court weighed in on the provision. Alabama's photo ID law was passed in 2011, but not put into effect until 2014.

Republicans, of course, are standing in the way of restoring the Voting Rights Act. Because they don't like voting rights.
Midday open thread: S.C. flooding n...

Midday open thread: S.C. flooding not over yet; general changes hospital attack story for 4th time

Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is The joys of 'campus carry':
Cartoon by Jen Sorensen -- The joys of 'campus carry'
South Carolina braces for more trouble: The flooding is far from over. Rivers might not crest for another two weeks, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

And the mayor of Columbia, who has said he believes damage "will probably be in the billions of dollars," is bracing for more trouble.

"We aren't close to being out of the woods," Mayor Steve Benjamin said Tuesday morning, adding that even more dams in the area could be in danger of breaking or being topped by water. "We still expect the water to start coming down from the upstate, coming downhill to the midlands."

Gov. Brown signs right-to-die bill: In a rare personal message, California's 77-year-old governor provided insight into his deliberations before deciding to sign a bill allowing terminally ill Californians to legally take their own lives, reflecting on religion and self-determination as he weighed an emotionally fraught choice.

Gov. Jerry Brown, a lifelong Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian, said he consulted a Catholic bishop, two of his own doctors and friends "who take varied, contradictory and nuanced positions."

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NASA releases thousands of Apollo photos from its archives These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook October 5: Breaking: FBI advisory to Philadelphia area colleges for Monday, Oct 5th (re: announced shooting), by mconvente

The ninth Commandment and Kim Davis's 'alleged' secret meeting with the Pope that didn't happen, by windsong01

The Shootings are not Senseless, by Geekwhisperer

Milestone! More guns than people in the U.S.: It's tough to know exactly how many guns we have in the United States. Most estimates of the number of guns in the U.S. use federal tallies of the firearms manufactured, imported and exported by U.S. gunmakers. A 2012 Congressional Research Service report published exactly one month before the Sandy Hook school shooting put the number of civilian firearms at 242 million in 1996, 259 million in 2000, and 310 million as of 2009.

If that 310 million number is correct, it means that the first year of Barack Obama's presidency was an inflection point: It marked the first time that the number of firearms in circulation surpassed the total U.S. population.

N.J. Republican bails from legislature race after his book of anti-gay and other rants surfaces: Republican Anthony Cappola resigned from the River Edge, New Jersey, city council Friday after his 12-year-old book "Outrageous!" surfaced. The book, filled with grammar and spelling errors, says gay people should keep their "sexual preferences" ''behind doors like normal people do." He labeled Asians as bad drivers and demanded that breast-feeding moms "put it back wear in (sic) came from!!!" Cappola says he isn't the same person that he was 12 years ago and he offered a nopology saying he was sorry if he offended anyone. General alters story of hospital air strikes for the fourth time. The strikes killed 12 medical staff and 10 patients and injured 37 others, five of them critically: [General John] Campbell reiterated that Afghan forces had requested US air cover after being engaged in a ?tenacious fight? to retake the northern city of Kunduz from the Taliban. But, modifying the account he gave at a press conference on Monday, Campbell said those Afghan forces had not directly communicated with the US pilots of an AC-130 gunship overhead.

?Even though the Afghans request that support, it still has to go through a rigorous US procedure to enable fires to go on the ground. We had a special operations unit that was in close vicinity that was talking to the aircraft that delivered those fires,? Campbell told the Senate armed services committee on Tuesday morning.

Trump fabricates claim that Indians are "extremely proud" of "R*dsk*ns" team name: The most recent survey of people verified to be Indians found 67 percent of them think the name is offensive. ?It is hardly surprising that a candidate who labeled Mexican immigrants rapists and calls women 'pigs' now says he wants the NFL to continue slurring Native Americans," the group [Change the Mascot] said in a statement. "Donald Trump joins some of the NFL?s ignoble fraternity of billionaires who sit in their office suites and owners boxes happily spending their fortunes denigrating people of color.?

[Jeb] Bush also said the name was not offensive even though prominent Indian activists, dozens of tribes, nearly every Indian organization have called it racist, dehumanizing and derogatory

On today's Kagro in the Morning show, David Waldman & Greg Dworkin round up 2016 headlines & polls, plus TPP news and the latest in the gun debates. The Benghazi committee is crumbling, and Carly Fiorina's at it again, this time with a non-existent "Fiorina Foundation." Find us on iTunes | Find us on Stitcher | RSS | Donate to support the show!
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Indonesian police use Shootings, ki...

Indonesian police use Shootings, killings, beatings, arrests on West Papuan independence rallies

Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death. West Papuan activists and families have been forced to flee to the jungle for safety. Indonesian security forces are conducting scores of raids, sweeps and offensives against West Papuan civilians. The attacks are happening during the visit of National Police Chief General Sutarman with over 200 people arrested across West Papua. Journalists have also been attacked by Indonesian police according to Amnesty International...Read more at San Fransisco Bay Area Indymedia. The Indonesian Police chief says any plans to free Papua from Indonesia won't be tolerated, including Flag raising ceremonies on the West Papuan national Day, December 1st.

Calls for Independence by West Papuans have been made since the sham "Act of Free Choice in 1969". They have suffered a neglected genocide at the hands of the Indonesian military (2004) with continued Repression (2007). Thousands of Papuans took to the streets in 2010 and in 2011 rejecting special autonomy, demanding a referendum on independence. Indonesia plans to build 1,500 km of new roads in the next two years to accelerate ?development', increase military presence, and open up more illegal logging. Three Papuans highlighted the human rights abuses at the APEC meeting in Bali this year by scaling the Australian Consulate?s fence in the dead of night and hand-delivering a personal plea to open the Indonesian province to world scrutiny.

A new academic law and human rights report A slow-motion genocide: Indonesian rule in West Papua (PDF), details the extent of the genocide and abuse of human rights. (Review by Greenleft) Activists have called for Australia to End pragmatic complicity in West Papua in response to comments by new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Imprisoned Papuan leader Selpius Bobii also responded saying, "We Live In Terror, Mr Abbott".

Related: Waging Nonviolence: Flotilla unsettles Indonesia?s occupation of West Papua | West Papuan National Day Goes Global | West Papuans to join commemoration of Eureka Rebellion in Ballarat More Information: West Papua media Alerts | Freedom Flotilla

Civil Society stages mass walkout p...

Civil Society stages mass walkout protest from Warsaw Climate change negotiations

Civil society organisations abandoned the COP19 climate change negotiations in Warsaw on mass. Members from Greenpeace, Oxfam, WWF, Actionaid, Friends of the Earth, the International Trade Union Confederation (statement) and all started leaving the conference at 2pm. This is an unprecedented action, the first time several major civil society groups have staged a mass walkout.

Friends of the Earth International highlighted that the Warsaw Climate Change negotiations were failing, with Tension high in Warsaw talks as G77+China walk out. The role of Australia and reduced ambition of Japan  have been widely mentioned. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers, but there has been substantial intransigence from much of the developed world to progressing the negotiations forward on finance, ambition, and a loss and damage mechanism. Poland's Coal Summit has shown the fossil fuel corporatism entwined in this COP with widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations of COP19 and at UNFCCC official Christiania Figueres who gave the keynote speech at the coal summit 

Related: Democracy Now: "Nature Does Not Negotiate": Environmentalists Walk Out of U.N. Climate Summit in Warsaw | "Polluters Talk, We Walk": Civil Society Groups Abandon Warsaw Talks over Inaction on Global Warming | "We Have to Consume Less": Scientists Call For Radical Economic Overhaul to Avert Climate CrisisAnalysis: The Warsaw walkout and the Climate Movement

Canadians and Australians protest c...

Canadians and Australians protest climate wrecking policies and pipelines

The weekend of 16th and 17th November saw tens of thousands of people in Canada and Australia out in the streets in over 260 protests against the climate policies of these countries. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers in Warsaw at COP19.

The Saturday protests in Canada occurred from coast to coast to Repulse Bay, Nunavut on the Arctic circle, more than 10,000 people gathered in over 180 events co-ordinated by Defend our Climate. Many protests focussed on stopping further expansion of the Alberta tar sands and pipelines to move the bitumenous oil south to Texas, east through Ontario and Quebec, and west through British Columbia. On Sunday, more than 60,000 people attended climate protests across Australia, protesting the attempt to repeal carbon pricing and clean energy programs by the conservative Government lead by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, elected on 7 September this year, who denied any link between climate change and bushfires as unusually early and intense bushfires raged around Sydney.

Civil Society NGO and local Polish activists also staged a Climate Justice march in Warsaw in association with the COP19 climate change negotiations taking place. Super Typhoon Haiyan set the initial mood at the negotiations with Philippines negotiator Naderev Saño (Yeb Saño) saying "time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway". There is widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations in Warsaw with Japan and Australia being particularly singled out.

Related: Australia Indymedia - Tens of Thousands rally for Climate Action across Australia

Typhoon Haiyan causes death and dev...

Typhoon Haiyan causes death and devastation in the Philippines

On November 8 Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall over Guiuan, Eastern Sama province in the Philippines, destroying coastal communities with ferocious winds and a storm surge of 6-7 metres (up to 20 feet). According to Dr Jeff Masters "Haiyan had winds of 190 - 195 mph (315 km/h) at landfall, making it the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history."

Authorities of Tacloban City with a population of 220,000 and capital of Leyte province, gave an early estimate that perhaps 10,000 people died from this one city. Many people were surprised by the huge storm surge tidal waves that inundated much of the city. Many smaller coastal villages were also devastated with most buildings destroyed or suffering severe damage. According to the UN Reliefweb report on 14 November the number of affected people has increased to 11.8 million. The official death count from Typhoon Haiyan is currently 4,460 but with numbers still increasing. There were 921,200 people displaced and 243,600 houses destroyed. A total of 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance.

Related: Climate IMC: Typhoon Haiyan: This is a climate crime | Time for turning tears into anger says Walden Bello | Philippine groups demand action on climate finance, loss and damage in Warsaw climate talks | Ejected from COP19 for expressing solidarity to the Philippines | Youth observers expelled from UN climate change talks for Philippines Solidarity | Indybay: Super typhoon Haiyan is climate wake-up call | They destroy We suffer Statement on Yolanda?s AftermathNon-corporate Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts: Waves for Water | Haiyan NYC Relief Project | Doctors without Borders | Oxfam International

Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snip...

Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snipers

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and unidentified snipers attack Mi'kmaq women and elderly who were part of an anti-fracking encampment. Support pours in for Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snipers. Today, Monday, Mi'kmaq Warrior Tyson Peters shot with rubber bullet risks losing his leg after protecting woman from a bullet. [ From Global IMC Newswire ]
Global Warming impacts escalate as ...


Trump: Mental Illness, Not Guns, To...

Trump: Mental Illness, Not Guns, To Blame For America's Mass Shooting Problem

In the aftermath of the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon, Donald Trump tells Chuck Todd that mental illness and copycats may be to blame for mass violence in the U.S.
Jason Chaffetz to Launch Bid for Ho...

Jason Chaffetz to Launch Bid for House Speaker

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will launch a run for speaker of the House, NBC News confirms.
What Bush Was Talking About When He...

What Bush Was Talking About When He Said 'Stuff Happens'

Jeb Bush said calls for sweeping government rules and regulation often follow tragedies like the mass shooting this week in Oregon.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan to ...

Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Step Down

The president will hold a press conference at 3:30pm ET Friday to make the personnel announcement.
Obama Assures Press Pope's Jokes 'W...

Obama Assures Press Pope's Jokes 'Were All Clean'

President Obama reflects on Pope Francis' visit to Washington, D.C.
Obama Assures Press Pope's Jokes 'W...

Obama Assures Press Pope's Jokes 'Were All Clean'

President Obama reflects on Pope Francis' visit to Washington, D.C.


The week in 32 photos

The week in 32 photos

Obama's change crusade hits reality

Obama's change crusade hits reality

Nowhere is the gulf between Barack Obama's once intoxicating calls for change and entrenched political reality wider than on gun control.
Routine? Not for these Americans

Routine? Not for these Americans

Does photo show outlaw with his kil...

Does photo show outlaw with his killer?

A Houston forensic artist says she's sure an old tintype owned by a Washington state family is that of Jesse James and his eventual killer, Robert Ford.
11,000-year-old beast found

11,000-year-old beast found

A Michigan farmer was digging in a field when he discovered the bones of an 11,000-year-old wooly mammoth.
Aid workers killed in air attack

Aid workers killed in air attack

Three staff members of medical aid charity Doctors Without Borders were killed and more than 30 people were unaccounted for after a trauma center was hit by aerial bombing early Saturday in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the charity said in a statement.

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