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Are Oil and Gas CEOs Getting Paid t...

Are Oil and Gas CEOs Getting Paid to Pollute?

Food & Water Watch recently examined the financial disclosure forms of the nine publically-traded American oil and gas companies, along with reports tallying the greenhouse gas emissions footprint at each of these companies. The analysis shows that almost without exception, the more carbon emissions the company produced in 2015, the more the CEO got paid in 2016.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commis...

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Calls for Removal of a Class of Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products

In response to a petition filed by leading consumer, healthcare, firefighter and science groups, today the U.S.

Bipartisan Group of Security, Ethic...

Bipartisan Group of Security, Ethics and Investigations Experts Urge Senators to Support Legislation Protecting the Independent Special Counsel

A bipartisan group of experts issued a letter today calling on members of the U.S. Senate to support efforts to protect against the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Protecting the Special Counsel would ensure that the ongoing investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election continues.

Lawyers? Committee For Civil Rights...

Lawyers? Committee For Civil Rights Under Law Files Amicus Brief In SCOTUS Case

The Lawyers? Committee for Civil Rights Under Law this week filed an amicus curiae or ?friend of the court? brief in the United States Supreme Court in the cases challenging President Trump?s executive orders, which bar most nationals of Iran and five other predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.  The brief was filed in coordination with pro bono counsel Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP (APKS), Iranian-American civil rights lawyer Cyrus Mehri, and his Washington, D.C.-based firm Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, on behalf of four prominent Iranian American organizations:

Civil and Human Rights Coalition to...

Civil and Human Rights Coalition to Testify on Voting Rights Before the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Hearing

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, is scheduled to testify today before the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee hearing titled, ?Voting Rights Under Fire: Democratic Ideas to Protect and Strengthen Americans? Constitutional Right to Vote.?

Nurses Condemn Latest Bill to Decim...

Nurses Condemn Latest Bill to Decimate Care ?Graham-Cassidy Targets the Most Vulnerable in Our Society?

National Nurses United today condemned the renewed effort by Republicans in the United States Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and deny healthcare to millions of low and middle-income Americans.

?This last ditch attempt to repeal the ACA poses a mortal threat to the health and wellbeing of patients across the United States,? said NNU Co-President Deborah Burger, RN.

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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...

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The Anti-Russia Hysteria Continues ...

The Anti-Russia Hysteria Continues To Defy All Logic

Clinton apologists and other pro-war Democrats are excited today by the report from the Daily Beast that Russians used Facebook to promote pro-Trump rallies in seventeen cities. Do they really believe that these rallies tipped the election results? These were trivial compared to the crowds turning out for official pro-Trump rallies. What hurt Clinton was […]
Peter Daou Shows A Strange Form Of ...

Peter Daou Shows A Strange Form Of Integrity In His Promotion Of Russia Conspiracy Theories

Peter Daou has often shown that no statement, regardless of how demonstrably false, is beyond him in his efforts to white wash Hillary Clinton. This one was good for a laugh. He starts out quoting Robert Mueller: “As the saying goes, if you have integrity, nothing else matters, and if you do not have integrity, […]
Best Political Jokes From The 2017 ...

Best Political Jokes From The 2017 Emmy Awards

Donald Trump’s name came up so many times during last night Emmy Awards that a casual viewer might have thought that Trump was up for an award. As Stephen Colbert said in his opening monologue, many of the shows were influenced by Donald Trump: But if we?re honest with ourselves as artists ? and we […]
SciFi Weekend: The Orville; Star Tr...

SciFi Weekend: The Orville; Star Trek Discovery; The Magicians; Saving Dark Matter; Legends of Tomorrow; Game of Thrones; Doctor Who

I probably agree with most of the criticism of The Orville. Although flawed, as a long time Star Trek fan (as Seth MacFarlane is), I intend to give the show longer. The pilot did rely too much on jokes about the Captain and first officer’s divorce, but there were some other amusing moments. The episode […]
Reading ?What Happened? So You Do N...

Reading ?What Happened? So You Do Not Have To

Reading Hillary Clinton’s memoir, What Happened, is like reading a memoir from Jesse James which makes no admission that he ever robbed a bank. She talked about trivial matters from her life, repeated her excuses blaming everyone else for her loss, and gave virtually no recognition of her dishonest actions and lifelong opposition to liberal […]
Quote of the Day: Seth Meyers On Hi...

Quote of the Day: Seth Meyers On Hillary Clinton?s Call To Eliminate The Electoral College

In an interview with CNN yesterday, Hillary Clinton said that the Electoral College ?needs to be eliminated.? ?Same with regular college!? said Betsy DeVos. –Seth Meyers

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Is Identity Politics Brewing a Holo...

Is Identity Politics Brewing a Holocaust?

Identity Politics trumps truth, a point that cannot be emphasized too much. We see it everywhere, from statue removal to the Democratic Party turning on the working class, now defined by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee as racist, sexist, homophobic, white male gun nuts.
More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative

More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative

New tests support the skepticism of U.S. intelligence veterans that Russia "hacked" the DNC's computers, pointing instead to a download of emails by an insider, write ex-NSA official William Binney and ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Medicare-For-All: Open Rebellion, P...

Medicare-For-All: Open Rebellion, Paid Politicians & Net Family Savings

Opposition by Democratic office holders to Medicare-for-All can be predicted by financial support taken from the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Some of this support works like a bribe, and some works like Thank You money. Either way, there's a real financial benefit to opponents.
Unmasked: Trump Doctrine vows carna...

Unmasked: Trump Doctrine vows carnage for new axis of evil

This script runs as follows: Iran must be isolated (by the West, only now that won't fly with the Europeans); Iran is "destabilizing" the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, the ideological foundry of all strands of Salafi-jihadism, gets a free pass); and Iran, because it's developing ballistic that could -- allegedly -- carry nuclear warheads, is the new North Korea.
Trump's First Speech Before the UN ...

Trump's First Speech Before the UN Was an Absurd, Bombastic Disaster

After Trump's recent Twitter storms and his stormy speech to the United Nations, the need for Congress to intervene grows more urgent. The Constitution rests the power to declare war with Congress. Congress must make it clear to the president that he cannot act alone, based on his whims, furies, and fantasies. This should not be a partisan issue. There should be no ideological divide on this one.
Trump's speech at the UN yesterday ...

Trump's speech at the UN yesterday was completely Orwellian

Trump's speech at the UN yesterday was completely Orwellian, over the top and upside down. The topper or nadir was Trump's "our respect for sovereignty" of other nations. The US doesn't respect the sovereignty of other nations. It is the grand master for undermining any regime that refuses to submit to US hegemony.

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Open thread for night owls: To avoi...

Open thread for night owls: To avoid annihilation

John Carl Baker is a Mellon-ACLS Public Fellow. His writing has appeared in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the New Republic, War Is Boring, and elsewhere. At Jacobin, he writes?Averting Annihilation:

These fears of nuclear apocalypse were on full display this week, as three full days of nuclear-tinged Trumpisms inspired half-serious jokes about our impending doom across social media. On Tuesday, Trump made his now-infamous comments about unleashing ?fire and fury like the world has never seen? against North Korea. On Wednesday, in the preferred presidential medium of Twitter, Trump took credit for modernizing the nuclear arsenal ? despite the fact that this process began under Obama and will take thirty years (and $1.2 trillion) to complete. Yesterday, Trump wondered aloud whether his initial comments about the DPRK weren?t ?tough enough,? thereby ensuring the apocalyptic fervor continues for yet another news cycle.

Trump is clearly capable of heightening atomic terror all on his own, but the media-fed dynamic he inhabits with Kim Jong-un, autocratic leader of the latest nuclear-armed state, exacerbates the situation even further. Between them, they?ve increased public fears of nuclear war like no set of national leaders since Reagan and Andropov.

That said, it?s probably unfair to lay fully half the blame for this heated environment at the feet of Kim Jong-un and the North Korean government. After all, it?s difficult for experts, let alone laypeople, to separate out the real Jong-un from the omnipresent media caricatures tailor-made to reaffirm North Korea?s bogeyman status. This rich and racist tradition of foreign policy journalism drinks deeply of what Hugh Gusterson calls ?nuclear orientalism? ? essentially, the idea that our nuclear monarchs are calm and rational while those in the East are inscrutable, impulsive, and dangerous. [...]

Any nuclear attack would be met by a devastating flurry of counter-strikes from the US, whose military resources ? nuclear and otherwise ? are so superior to North Korea?s that it?s rather silly to even compare the two. The DPRK nuclear weapons program is worrisome, but it exists because the government is terrified of regime change ? an outcome Kim Jong-un has legitimate reason to fear, given US actions in Iraq and Libya.

The real danger ? the one that definitely exists right now ? is that the two countries could unintentionally reignite the Korean War. The situation has been extraordinarily tense for months (remember the Carl Vinson episode in April?), and Trump?s bellicose comments are exactly the sort of thing that could turn a heated environment into, well, ?fire and fury? in a heartbeat. If the president issues something that sounds like a threat, it might be interpreted precisely as such, pushing the other side to take preemptive action in anticipation of an immediate attack. [...]

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At Daily Kos on this date in 2003?Billions for Iraq, Part II:

How much the U.S. ultimately spends on reconstruction projects in Iraq is a question of no small consequence since aspects of our country?s own infrastructure suffer gravely from what budget-makers call "deferred maintenance." However, another question comes to mind. Given how much taxpayer money is being dished out, how can we be certain the corporations that take on reconstruction projects are on the up and up?

This question arises because many of the corporations - some of them America's biggest - have run afoul of the law on numerous occasions. And there's far more than reconstructing Iraq that's at issue. There is the overall Defense budget, which is soaring independently of the extra $67 billion that Bush seeks for military operations in Iraq.

Don?t we need a strong defense? Absolutely. Wouldn?t we be crazy not to spend enough money to deter another 9/11? Without a doubt. But let?s argue at another time about the proper size of the Pentagon budget.

Almost half America?s military spending now flows to corporations, and some of the biggest defense contractors are crooks. Repeat offenders. Incorrigibles.

In this era of supposedly tough-on-crime politicians across the spectrum, shouldn't we have a ?three strikes? law applied to these corporadoes?

It?s a simple approach. Get caught once or twice in fraud or other outlawry and we?ll give you another chance - just as we do street criminals. Get caught three times and you can explain to your shareholders how you came to be excluded from obtaining government contracts for, say, the next two decades. Felons can?t vote until they do their time. So why not prohibit felonious corporations from making campaign contributions, their version of voting?

Obviously, I?m dreaming. But shouldn?t we at least be able to count on Washington to enforce laws already on the books when it comes to the shenanigans of taxpayer-fueled contractors? Shouldn?t more of these crooks be incarcerated? Oops. Dreaming again. [...]

In latest act of resistance, Califo...

In latest act of resistance, California announces lawsuit to block Trump's racist wall

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When it comes to the resistance against Donald Trump, it?s no exaggeration to say that California has been leading the way. For the state, it?s personal. California is home to the largest undocumented population in the nation, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Since his poorly-attended inauguration, the Los Angeles Times reports that state leaders have introduced more than 35 bills and two dozen resolutions opposing Trump?s xenophobic agenda, including the most sweeping anti-deportation bill in the nation. Today, the state?s attorney general announced the latest action includes a lawsuit to stop Trump?s racist border wall:

The lawsuit set to be filed in federal court in San Diego will argue that the effort violates federal law and the Constitution by intruding on state authority, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.

"They're violating the Tenth Amendment and infringing on a lot of state laws, not just federal laws, that affect our state. At the same time, they're trying to do something that only Congress can do," Becerra told journalists in Washington in advance of an official announcement he plans to make in San Diego Wednesday.

Becerra said the suit will argue that federal officials are running afoul of the law by declaring the expansion of the border wall to be an emergency that justifies waiving environmental studies and usual contracting procedures.

Trump makes nice with Senate Republ...

Trump makes nice with Senate Republicans for a hot second between temper tantrums

A few things stand out about a CNN article headlined ?Trump privately tries to mend fences with Senate Republicans.? First, its very existence. Sure, every president is going to have a rocky moment or two with his party?s senators, but how often do we see the sheer number and variety of beefs as Trump has accumulated? He?s repeatedly attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, his nastiness toward John McCain is legendary, he feuded with Bob Corker after Corker was critical of his embrace of white supremacists after Charlottesville ? the list goes on. The man has a lot of fences to mend, for some strange reason.

But the next thing that jumps out is that Trump himself isn?t the primary fence-mender. That duty is falling to his No. 2 guy, Mike Pence. Of the senators named in the article as having been attacked by Trump prior to fence-mending, Trump has invited Alaska?s Lisa Murkowski to lunch and spoken with Corker and McConnell. But Pence ?has been in regular communication with? McConnell and talked to Corker long before Trump did. He?s also in touch with McCain and with McCain?s Arizona colleague Jeff Flake, who Trump has apparently not reached out to?and really how awkward would that conversation be, considering that Trump has talked up a primary challenge to Flake?

And you can?t help but think that Pence could have ulterior motives in keeping such great relationships with the very people who might, depending on the results of the special counsel?s investigation, end up voting on whether to remove Trump from office.

Finally, Senate Republicans really do see Trump as an unpredictable, tantrum-prone child:

"I think it's like a thunderstorm," Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said of his conference's relationship with Trump. "After a while it clears up, the sun comes out and everything is OK." [...]

Asked if he finds that kind of relationship acceptable, Cornyn said bluntly: "What choice do I have?"

Giant settlement could rein in abus...

Giant settlement could rein in abusive student debt collectors

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is under constant threat from Republicans, but it just keeps doing its job, helping people who?ve been screwed by the financial industry. This week, the CFPB reached a proposed settlement with an abusive owner of billions in student debt. If a federal judge signs off on the settlement:

The creditor, the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts, holds $12 billion in student loans that were originally made by banks. In Monday?s settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the trusts agreed to pay nearly $19 million in penalties and borrower refunds ? and could be on the hook for millions in additional payments and forgiven loans. A debt collector that National Collegiate hired, Transworld Systems, will pay an additional $2.5 million.

The trusts ?sued consumers for student loans they couldn?t prove were owed and filed false and misleading affidavits in courts across the country,? said Richard Cordray, the consumer bureau?s director.

That?s not a ton of money when you consider the amount of debt National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts holds, but the settlement doesn?t end there:

... the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts must audit their book of more than $8 billion of loans, many of them in default, to prove they can document that they own each loan and that it's not too old to collect. Until it is complete, investors who own the bonds that contain those loans won?t receive any cash from borrowers, even those making steady payments. Instead, the money will go into an escrow account. [...]

According to the CFPB, [lawsuits] it examined were rife with irregularities: Some were filed well past the statute of limitations, others lacked paperwork establishing that the listed creditor actually had a right to collect, and many contained misleading statements. Debt collectors trying to process them, according to the bureau, were so inundated with paperwork that they had interns and mailroom clerks sign critical documents.

Sickle cell patients fight for comp...

Sickle cell patients fight for competent care and pain management amid racial bias in hospitals

Although there are persistent stereotypes that label it as such, sickle cell disease (a red blood cell disorder) is actually not a condition that only affects black people. While it is commonly found among people of African descent in the U.S., it is also found in Hispanics, Southern Europeans, people from the Middle East and India. There are, however, glaring disparities in how sickle cell patients are treated in the U.S. healthcare system?mainly due to the fact that the majority of sickle cell patients in the U.S. are black. In a country where racism and white supremacy are embedded into every structure, it is unsurprising that black sickle cell patients find it hard to get comprehensive and quality treatment. And, as a recent article by STAT shows, this is made even more complicated by the ongoing opioid epidemic. 

The U.S. health care system is killing adults with sickle cell disease. Racism is a factor ? most of the 100,000 U.S. patients with the genetic disorder are African-American ? and so is inadequate training of doctors and nurses. And the care is getting worse, sickle cell patients and their doctors said, because the opioid addiction crisis has made ER doctors extremely reluctant to prescribe pain pills. [...]

In hospitals, sickle cell patients are typically treated by generalists who know little about the disease and patients? desperate need for pain relief. At one hospital, researchers found that sickle cell patients waited 60 percent longer to get pain medication than other patients who reported less severe pain and were triaged into a less serious category.

STAT-conducted interviews with 12 sickle cell patients in order to understand their experiences when seeking medical care. Many reported that they are often treated by doctors who know very little about the disease and the need for pain management among patients. They also shared that it is common knowledge among sickle cell patients that if you go to the emergency room for treatment, you may not leave alive. Failure to provide accurate treatment is a cause of early death among patients and speaks to the need for improved education and training for doctors and medical professionals.

Is Mattis curtailing Pentagon press...

Is Mattis curtailing Pentagon press access so the man-child in chief doesn't see him on TV? Perhaps.

And now James Mattis joins the list of Trump officials attempting to shut out press coverage of his agency. Given that he is the secretary of defense and his "agency" is the Pentagon, this is a bit of a big deal.

Under Mattis, the Defense Department has become less transparent and publicly accountable than it has been in previous administrations, according to interviews with numerous reporters who cover the beat. The reporters requested anonymity, saying they feared that being quoted by name could lead to further loss of access.

You can tell what reporters think of Mattis when none of them are willing to go on the record criticizing him. The problem appears to be, and stop us if you've heard this one before, that Mattis both doesn't trust the press and wants to make damn sure nobody reports anything that could get him in trouble with his paranoid, hypersensitive nutcase of a boss.

?There is a growing perception by Secretary Mattis that the media is trying to pit him against the president and deliberately misinterpret the things that he says,? said the administration official.

The real problem is that no two members of the administration appear to ever be on the same page when asked about either the president's supposed position or his administration's supposed policies. But Mattis may indeed see reporters asking him to clarify just what the flying hell is going on, during any given day, as a ?gotcha? question. He seems to be taking steps to avoid appearing on camera, as well, by having spontaneous off-camera "gaggles" with reporters rather than scheduled, on-camera briefings:

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Solidarity with Linksunten Indymedi...

Solidarity with Linksunten Indymedia

Linksunten.indymedia.org, the main independent media website in Germany, was banned by the German government's Ministry of Interior on August 25. Maintaining the website and using its logo are now considered criminal offenses in the country. Linksunten volunteers are being prosecuted as a "club," which means that administrators are considered responsible for everything that has been published. Administrators are also being accused of being members of a terrorist association.

Coordination des Groupes Anarchistes writes: This represents a new step in the repression of our activities and ideas in Europe. The last time something of this significance occurred was in 1995, when the German central power banned the newspaper "Radikal", which sparked many demonstrations all over the country, especially in Hamburg. In France, even though some music bands and anti-authoritarian information websites have been threatened for their lyrics or articles, we have never experienced such brutal repression against our means of expression and communication. This attack against a radical and anti-authoritarian information platform should remind us of the need to pay special attention to the defense of our means of communication in front of State repression.

Germany Indymedia is collecting donations in support of Linksunten Indymedia.

Not in Germany, Not Anywhere Else: Repression Can?t Silence Us! | Call for Donations and Demonstrations in Support of Linksunten Indymedia

Related Feature: German Government Shuts Down Linksunten Indymedia: What It Means and What to Do
Linksunten Indymedia Declares ?We W...

Linksunten Indymedia Declares ?We Will Be Back Soon?

On August 25, the German government raided and shut down Linksunten Indymedia, an integral part of the global Independent Media Center network, and the most widely used German-language platform for radical politics and organizing. In Freiburg, riot police seized computers and harassed those they accuse of maintaining the site, justifying their actions on the grounds that the alleged administrators constitute an illegal organization intent on destroying the German Constitution. This represents a massive escalation in state repression against what the authorities call ?left-wing extremism,? disingenuously suggesting an equivalence between those who seek to build communities beyond the reach of state violence and Neo-Nazis organizing to carry out attacks and murders.

In the last couple of years, more and more attention has accumulated around Linksunten Indymedia, which offers a space for people to post anonymously. Before the 2017 G20 summit took place in Hamburg, the corporate media was already focusing on the site, declaring it to be the coordination page of militant anti-G20 protestors. The far-right nationalist party Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, or AfD) started a campaign against the platform, pushing inquiries about Indymedia in Federal parliament and trying to force local governments to ban the platform and other forms of radical infrastructure.

The heavy-handed approach of shutting down the website and raiding alleged administrators shows how afraid the authorities are that radical ideas are spreading and becoming contagious following the successful demonstrations against the G20 summit in July. German Federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière made it clear enough in his press conference that the assault on Indymedia is a form of revenge for the embarrassment the state suffered during the summit. It also shows how dishonest far-right and statist rhetoric is about free speech ? in fact, these hypocrites only use that discourse to position themselves to suppress others? speech.

In response, Linksunten Indymedia released a statement the next day on their banned website declaring, ?We will be back soon.? It shows that the media activists still have control over their website, and could be the beginning of a huge Streisand effect. Solidarity demonstrations are taking place across Germany.

(Note: Since Linksunten Indymedia is now banned by the German government, you may want to use Tor or a VPN connection before you visit the website: linksunten.indymedia.org)

Read More (Translations: Spanish | Portuguese) | Indymedia Linksunten Shut Down | Germany: Federal Interior Ministry Bans Linksunten Indymedia | Linksunten Indymedia Announces ?We Will Be Back Soon?

See Also: Solidarity with Indymedia Linksunten | Prohibition is An Attack on the Entire Left | Alemania censura la web Indymedia

Related Features: DOJ Demands User Data from Anti-Trump Website (2017) | Indymedia Marks 15 Years of Making Media and Making Trouble (2014) | FBI Seizes European Counter Network Web Server from Riseup Colocation Facility (2012) | Authorities Attempt to Shut Down Indymedia for "Coordination of Rebellion" in Greece (2009) | Israeli Police to Start an Investigation of Indymedia Israel (2009) | Police Seize UK Indymedia Server (Again) (2009)
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 350.org 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 Crisis
Analysis: 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.

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