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'We Are In a State of Emergency': B...

'We Are In a State of Emergency': Black Youth Project 100 Condemn Police Violence Against Movement for Black Lives Attendees

U.S. Approval of Turkey?s Bombing: ...

U.S. Approval of Turkey?s Bombing: Disaster in the Making?

Grassroots Coalition Pushes to Esta...

Grassroots Coalition Pushes to Establish July 30th as National Whistleblower Day

Bill McKibben: Clinton Halfway Ther...

Bill McKibben: Clinton Halfway There on Climate

Consumer Financial Protection Burea...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Fines Predatory Student Lending Practices

Obama Administration?s Cynical Bid...

Obama Administration?s Cynical Bid to Salvage the TPP by Turning a Blind Eye to Malaysia?s Trafficked Persons? Mass Graves Will Only Fuel Criticism of the Pact

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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 New Conventional Wisdom: Hillar...

The New Conventional Wisdom: Hillary Clinton Can Lose

Not long ago the conventional wisdom was that Hillary Clinton was the inevitable Democratic candidate for president for the 2016 election. After bad polling data and unfavorable publicity, the conventional wisdom is starting to shift with some political writers starting to talk about Clinton being defeatable. Chris Cillizza pointed out poor results for Clinton in […]
SciFi Weekend: Hannibal; Mr. Robot;...

SciFi Weekend: Hannibal; Mr. Robot; Humans; Jonathan Strange; Sense8

The third season of Hannibal was initially to be about Hannibal Lecter as a fugitive in Europe, mirroring the Hannibal novel. With Bryan Fuller realizing that this would probably be the final season of Hannibal on NBC, with its future after that still unknown, he reduced this to about half the season so he could […]
Clinton Denies Sending Classified I...

Clinton Denies Sending Classified Information From Private Server

Following reports that two Inspectors General have requested an investigation regarding the possibility of Hillary Clinton having sent classified email from her private server, Clinton has denied the accusations. Politico reports: Hillary Clinton said she is confident none of the emails she sent or received using her private email server while secretary of state contained […]
Gallup: Sanders Surges, Clinton Sag...

Gallup: Sanders Surges, Clinton Sags in U.S. Favorability

After a round of bad polling data for Hillary Clinton, Gallup adds that Clinton’s favorability rating has fallen below her unfavorability rating, and that Bernie Sanders’ favorable score has doubled. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ favorable rating among Americans has doubled since Gallup’s initial reading in March, rising to 24% from 12% as he has become […]
Two Inspectors General Request Inv...

Two Inspectors General Request Investigation Regarding Clinton?s Use Of Private Email As Secretary Of State

While Hillary Clinton clearly violated rules in effect regarding use of email as Secretary of State, despite her claims in a recent CNN interview and in her earlier press conference which have been contradicted by fact checkers, most of her actions do not place her at risk of criminal prosecution. Stricter rules were imposed in […]
Donald Trump Continues To Threaten ...

Donald Trump Continues To Threaten To Run As Third Party Candidate

Last week I pointed out that Donald Trump was refusing to rule out running as a third party candidate. Several days later The Hill  received the same response in another interview: Donald Trump says the chances that he will launch a third-party White House run will ?absolutely? increase if the Republican National Committee is unfair […]

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Obama Buys False Iran Narrative

Obama Buys False Iran Narrative

President Obama has fallen into the habit of accepting whatever "group think" is prevalent in Official Washington, which often falsely accuses some "enemy" of a nefarious deed, but Obama then tries to dodge the desired reaction: war. This risky pattern is playing out again over Iran, writes Gareth Porter.
Reagan's legacy will be invoked rep...

Reagan's legacy will be invoked repeatedly during Cleveland's Aug. 6 GOP debate -- but what does it really mean?

With the first Republican Presidential debate set for August 6 in Cleveland, candidates wanting to claim the Party's nomination will again be invoking the many myths of Ronald Reagan. However, it is time for no more untrue Reagan myths, and for the reality of the Reagan presidency to be better understood.
Slow Down, I'm Conservative

Slow Down, I'm Conservative

Still think Atticus Finch is the problem? Donald Trump the hero? Father's teaching their sons how to be snipers, the solution?
Vandana Shiva: 'We Must End Monsant...

Vandana Shiva: 'We Must End Monsanto's Colonization, Its Enslavement of Farmers'

Americans are being denied the right to know what they are feeding their families even though 90 percent want GMO labeling on their food. But, big business
You Decide!

You Decide!

We've heard the rumors that Trump is actually a DLC plant. Oh my, is Huckabee one, too? Or is he so desperate for camera-time he'll spout any twisted rhetoric just to get his name out there? In case you haven't heard, Huckabee criticized President Obama's Iran policy by using a holocaust reference. How original. If Huckabee was courting the Jewish vote, he missed the mark by a country mile.
Supply and Demand in the Gold and S...

Supply and Demand in the Gold and Silver Futures Markets

The price of bullion in the futures market has been falling as demand for physical bullion increases and supply experiences constraints What we are seeing in the physical market indicates a rising price. Yet in the futures market in which almost all contracts are settled in cash and not with bullion deliveries, the price is falling.

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Open thread for night owls: State c...

Open thread for night owls: State clears way for Malaysia TPP despite human trafficking concerns

Men wait in a mass grave amongst coffins of unidentified remains of Rohingya people found at a traffickers camp in Wang Kelian last month, at a cemetery near Alor Setar, Malaysia, June 22, 2015. Twenty-one people out of the 106 unidentified bodies recovered from the traffickers camp were buried today in a mass grave, according to Malaysian police. REUTERS/Olivia Harris - RTX1HJGC
Workers in Alor Setar bury some of the 106 unidentified bodies found in a traffickers' camp in May, 2015
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On Friday, Malaysia was considered one of the world's worst human trafficking offenders. The nation is also one of twelve currently in negotiation over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and their status as a State Department designated Tier 3 nation has greatly complicated Obama administration efforts to include Malaysia in the new network of favored trading partners.

As of Monday, that's no longer a concern. In its newest trafficking report the State Department upgraded Malaysia from Tier 3 to Tier 2, a move that would circumvent Congressional efforts to block the nation known as a hotbed of sex trafficking and forced labor from participating in the compact until substantive reforms were made.

David Dayen:

There is little evidence that anything has changed for Malaysia?s foreign workers. Just a couple months ago authorities discovered a mass grave of 139 Rohingya Muslims, who fled discrimination in Burma and were sold into slavery upon their escape. Trafficking enforcement remains weak; in April, U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Yun criticized the country for doing too little to stop slavery. The Wall Street Journal found persistent forced labor abuses on Malaysian palm oil plantations in an article published Sunday.

The State Department?s 2015 report reads almost exactly like last year?s with a few words changed, the way middle-school students avoid plagiarism for book reports. But they allege that, while ?The Government of Malaysia does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking? it is making significant efforts to do so.?

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2012?Democrats introduce bill to raise minimum wage to $9.80:

More than 100 House Democrats introduced a bill Thursday to raise the minimum wage. Rep. George Miller's proposed legislation would raise the minimum wage to $9.80 over three years, 85 cents per year, then link it to inflation, so that raising it wouldn't have to be a giant political fight every few years. Tipped workers, who haven't seen their $2.13 minimum wage increased since 1991, would get 85 cent raises until the tipped minimum was 70 percent of the full minimum wage. "Anyone who works hard and plays by the rules should not live in poverty. Yet 47 million Americans now qualify as the working poor. Raising the minimum wage helps families make ends meet," Miller said in a statement accompanying the bill. If you work at the current minimum wage for 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, with no time off at all, the $15,080 you earn puts you $50 below the poverty threshold for a family of two. That?and the fact that many minimum wage employers keep workers at part-time levels?is why so many working people are forced to rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicaid and other aid programs. It shouldn't be controversial to say that if you work, you shouldn't be poor. But to today's Republican Party, that counts as a radical statement. Tweet of the Day

Weird that the two jobs that most commonly use the word ?serial? are ?entrepreneur? and ?killer.?

? Lisa McIntire (@LisaMcIntire) July 27, 2015
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, David talks about the New Yorker cover, and the positive, and negative it promotes. Greg Dworkin discusses the complicated 2016 race, candidate polls (and how 2016 is unique) , the Iran Deal polling, and how Dumpster Fires attract the media on the run up to the caucuses and debates. David goes into intricate analysis of the Congressional Review Act, the upcoming GOP gambit to resurrect the repeal of Obamacare, what concepts would be considered germane, and the process and probability of the Nuclear Option. Chris Christie invites random guy to run for president so he can debate him. Find us on iTunes | Find us on Stitcher | RSS | Donate to support the show! High Impact Posts ? Top Comments ? The Evening Blues
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'BoJack Horseman' and 'Rick and Mor...

'BoJack Horseman' and 'Rick and Morty' are two of the best shows on television

Adult Swim's 'Rick and Morty'
Not too long ago, the common perception was one of animation being a medium for children that lacked seriousness and depth. A cartoon was something with bright colors and moving figures for Saturday mornings or Tom and Jerry shorts for kids after school. But even then, those stereotypes were demonstrably untrue. The classic Disney films, and the fairy tales they're based on, are arguably some of the most "adult" stories out there because in many ways they're honest about loss in ways other works of fiction are not. They present idyllic worlds, but the "happily ever after" is only achieved after great pain, struggle, and suffering that has brought revelation of a greater truth about the nature of things. And maybe the tragedy and struggle contained within them are what make them so memorable and beloved.

The perception of animation both in film and television has shifted somewhat over the past two to three decades. Things like the successes of Pixar, the trend of anime becoming a bit more mainstream, the films of Hayao Miyazaki getting critical recognition, the popularity of Family Guy and South Park, and a show like The Simpsons, which is genuinely considered by some one of the best TV series of all-time, has given the medium credibility among the audience and media.

I bring all of this up because many might have a hard time believing animated TV shows about an anthropomorphized horse who's a washed-up actor, and the journeys of a burnt out drunk and his grandson through dimensions and universes are among the best out there ... but they are. And both have just returned for their second seasons.

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Armed Confederate supporters interr...

Armed Confederate supporters interrupt black child's birthday party with racial slurs, death threats

Confederate Flag supporters pull up on outdoor birthday birthday party hosted by a black family
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I kid you not, it feels like we are going back in time in America.

In an Atlanta suburb this past weekend, Melissa Alford (a black woman) and her family were hosting an outdoor birthday party in Douglasville, Georgia, when a convoy of seven large pickup trucks donning Confederate flags interrupted the party and pulled into the grass. The occupants then called them niggers and threatened them with violence, according to multiple eyewitnesses, who also stated that the men actually flashed guns at them:

One of at least two cellphone videos from the incident shows Douglasville police officers holding back a group of black men and women as at least seven pickup trucks drive off. The trucks? white passengers wave as the Confederate, American and military flags mounted on the vehicles flap in the air. .

?This is a child?s birthday party,? one woman in the crowd can be heard saying.

A second video shows the trucks gathered on a grassy area, and the N-word can be heard. A woman who shared the video said the trucks were on her property and their passengers were armed and threatened to ?kill y?all [N-words].?

Video can be viewed below.
Patriotic volunteer guard bravely S...

Patriotic volunteer guard bravely Second Amendments ISIS-inspired parking lot: GunFAIL rides again!

Five of 41 guns forgotten by passengers and found by TSA agents at airports across the country last week.
Five of 41 guns forgotten by passengers and found by TSA agents at airports across the country last week.
Hey there, GunFAIL fans. Long time, no see.

Well, no point in trying to explain what happened. The real point is that people haven't stopped shooting themselves or others accidentally, and I never stopped keeping the list of the times they did it. Had the publication continued uninterrupted on a weekly basis, this would have been GunFAIL CXXXI. So, let's get right to it for the week, then, shall we?

My top story for the week has to be the Lancaster, Ohio, enthusiast who showed up to "guard" the Armed Forces Career Center recruiting station in his local strip mall, and then accidentally fired his very awesome-looking AR-15 into the parking lot pavement. I note that the weapon was very awesome-looking in order to give a little background to what happened here. See, it seems that the gun had an admirer in the crowd, who asked if he could "take a look at" it. It was in the process of unloading the weapon to make it "safe" to hand over that the accident occurred.

But gun enthusiasts would like you to note that our hero did everything right, here! After all, he followed the rules which say that you never hand a loaded weapon over to someone else, and that when unloading it, you keep it pointed in a "safe" direction, in this case, the ground. Excellent job!

However, he did forget one of the key rules of using your firearms to actively guard something, which is that if someone asks you if they can "take a look at" your weapon, the correct answer is, "No, I am guarding something." Seems like that would have saved us a lot of embarrassment here.

There were probably a lot of things that could have avoided the rest of the week's trouble. None of the old patterns have changed since the last publication of GunFAIL. Of our original 38 incidents (keep in mind that the numbers are subject to change as new reports come in), fully 21 involved people who accidentally shot themselves or a family member, and 17 of the 38 incidents involved children as victims, ranging in age from 3 to 17. In fact, kids were the ones who pulled the trigger in 12 of this week's reported GunFAILs. As for the rest of the old, familiar patterns, this week's reports speak for themselves, below the fold.

For Mike Huckabee, everything is th...

For Mike Huckabee, everything is the Holocaust

This weekend, former Arkansas governor and flailing 2016 White House hopeful Mike Huckabee shocked many with his slander that with the Iranian nuclear deal President Obama will "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven." But while Americans should be disgusted, they shouldn't be surprised. After all, like so many other Republicans, for years Mike Huckabee has been comparing abortion, the national debt and so much else he detests to the Holocaust.

First, Ronald Reagan came to the U.S. Treasury and tripled the national debt, but Mike Huckabee did not speak out. Then George W. Bush came and nearly the doubled the debt again, but Mike Huckabee said nothing. But when Barack Obama inherited the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression, the Fox News host said never again:

Huckabee gave a speech to the National Rifle Association. He spoke of how, at Israel's Holocaust museum, he looked over his 11-year-old daughter's shoulder as she wrote in the guest book, "Why didn't somebody do something?" Then he said, "We cannot afford to be a generation that leaves our children with nothing but a huge debt and the very erosion of the freedoms that our founders and our fathers died and gave us so valiantly. And that's why I say, 'Let there never be a time in this country where some father has to look over his daughter's shoulder and see her ask this haunting question: Why didn't somebody do something?'" Then as now, Jewish organizations like the Anti-Defamation League were horrified. When Abraham Foxman of Anti-Defamation League decried his grotesque analogy as "highly inappropriate," Huckabee lashed out: "Foxman's remarks are not only factually wrong, but they are hurtful to me personally in light of my unequalled friendship with members of the Jewish community, and I ask Foxman to retract his statement as publicly as he issued it, and apologize for his lack of accuracy in issuing it and for the harm done by attacking the very strongest advocates for the Jewish people and Israel." Head below the fold for more on this story.
Koch-backed group finding chilly re...

Koch-backed group finding chilly reception in Alaska

David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries, attends an Economic Club of New York event in New York, December 10, 2012.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS) - RTR3BFKF
The Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity is having a hard time extending its reach in purple Western states. It's not bothering with the deep red states, but in those that still have actual moderate Republicans left, they're doing their best to take over, with limited success at best. In Montana, they're pretty much in out-and-out war, and losing. They has some similar problems in Alaska, where conservatives view them as a potential problem. [?] Alaskan Republican strategist Art Hackney, who last month signed on to Florida Senator Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, is happy to credit AFP with a long list of accomplishments outside the state, including in Iowa, North Carolina and Colorado.

"In most of those states what they did worked but in Alaska it doesn't," he said. "In Alaska they had an impotent system."

As evidence, he cites a commercial AFP ran during the Begich-Sullivan [Senate] race featuring a woman describing how Begich's positions hurt her family.

"Senator Begich didn't listen. How can I ever trust him again?" she asked.

But the woman decrying Begich turned out to be an actress from Maryland, and that didn't play well in Alaska, where it drew considerable media attention.

"Alaskans know she is not Alaskan and never voted for Begich in the first place and it's a lie," Hackney said.

Hackney believes that the AFP ad might have actually helped Democrat Begich, because people were so pissed off at being lied to in the ad. The kinds of tactics the Kochs like to deploy just don't go over well in states like Montana and Alaska, which pride themselves on having a unique, and strong, identity. They also have not just a distrust, but genuine loathing, of outsider political groups. "Alaska is really good at having world-class oil, world-class mines, world-class fisheries," explains Dave Stieren, a conservative talk radio host in Anchorage, "and we're really good at growing our own, world-class crazy political movements." That's an understatement.

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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 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 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 ]
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GOP Disarray: Republican Presidenti...

GOP Disarray: Republican Presidential Hopefuls Vie for Attention

With the first Republican presidential debate just days away, the party's White House contenders seem to be doing all they can to get voters' attention.
GOP 2016 Ad Spending Nears $8 Milli...

GOP 2016 Ad Spending Nears $8 Million Before First Debate

Here's the breakdown of who's spending what, according to ad-buying data from SMG Delta.
Bush Says He Was Hurt by Trump's Me...

Bush Says He Was Hurt by Trump's Mexico Remarks

Jeb Bush told MSNBC's Jose Diaz-Balart that he was "herido," Spanish for "hurt," by Donald Trump's comments about undocumented Mexican immigrants during an interview conducted entirely in Spanish on Monday.
THE LID: Winners and Losers

THE LID: Winners and Losers

After a deep dive into our latest NBC News/Marist polls of Iowa and New Hampshire, here's our take on some winners and losers from the poll
While Revealing Climate Plan, Clint...

While Revealing Climate Plan, Clinton Mum on Keystone

Hillary Clinton pledged Monday to make America "the world's clean energy superpower," but said her former role as secretary of state prevents her from weighing in on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
Watch Live: Biden Makes Infrastruct...

Watch Live: Biden Makes Infrastructure Announcement in NYC

Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Andrew Cuomo make an announcement on infrastructure in New York City.

CNN

Former 9/11 panel co-chair: Photos ...

Former 9/11 panel co-chair: Photos show challenge of pivotal moment

Nixon's own 9/11: When terrorism ca...

Nixon's own 9/11: When terrorism came of age

It was 9/11 and an American president was fretting about how to confront a new wave of terror targeting commercial aviation.
Rare NATO talks after Turkey attack...

Rare NATO talks after Turkey attacks

NATO's North Atlantic Council will meet Tuesday after Turkey called for special talks amid heightened concerns over its security.
Gadhafi's son sentenced to death

Gadhafi's son sentenced to death

A Tripoli court has sentenced slain Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's son Saif al-Islam Gadhafi to death in absentia.
Escort kills possible serial killer

Escort kills possible serial killer

Sources: Nation's disabled work pro...

Sources: Nation's disabled work program mired in corruption

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