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Congresswoman Lee Condemns FY2018 N...

Congresswoman Lee Condemns FY2018 NDAA, Congressional Failure to Debate Wars

Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act:

Following Community Outcry, Federal...

Following Community Outcry, Federal Government Rejects Milwaukee County's 287g Application

On Tuesday the Department of Homeland Security rejected an application to give Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputies authority to separate immigrant families under the 287g program. DHS approved 287g applications from Waukesha County and 22 other jurisdictions nationwide. The Trump Administration is attempting to expand the 287g program nationwide to deputize local law enforcement as agents in their campaign of mass deportation and terror against immigrant families.

IRC Projects Only 15,000 Refugee Ar...

IRC Projects Only 15,000 Refugee Arrivals In The United States This Year Based On Current Trends, One Third Of Record-Low FY18 Cap

Six weeks ago, the Trump administration set an historically low refugee admissions level of 45,000 in 2018?the lowest in history, and at a time of unprecedented global need. 

Today, The International Rescue Committee (IRC) registers alarm at the dramatic reduction in arrivals. In the first month of the FY2018, 1,247 refugees arrived, compared to 9,945 refugees this time last year. At this pace, the United States would only admit around 15,000 refugees this year. This projection would represent a 72% drop from arrivals in FY17, and 82% in FY16.

Sen. Warren, Small Business Owners ...

Sen. Warren, Small Business Owners Say: Stop Pretending Tax Plan Helps Small Business

For months, Republican leaders in Congress have promoted their tax plan as a benefit to small business and Main Street communities. Senator Elizabeth Warren joined Main Street Alliance small business owners today to talk about the truth behind these tax bills. Far from helping small businesses, the GOP tax plan is a thinly-veiled tax giveaway to multinational corporations and the richest one percent of taxpayers.

Leaders Schumer and Pelosi Join Mem...

Leaders Schumer and Pelosi Join Members of Congress and Patriotic Millionaires for Rally Against GOP Tax Plans

On Wednesday, with House Republicans set to vote on their disastrous plan that gives tax breaks to the richest Americans and wealthy corporations, The Patriotic Millionaires and 

New Interactive Map Tracks Labor La...

New Interactive Map Tracks Labor Law Preemption Nationwide

Since 2010, Republican-controlled state legislatures have increasingly used preemption laws to strike down local government efforts to improve the working conditions of their residents. EPI?s new interactive map tracks the rise of preemption in five key areas of labor and employment: minimum wage, paid leave, fair work schedules, prevailing wages, and project labor agreements.

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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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Quote of The Day: Jimmy Fallon On D...

Quote of The Day: Jimmy Fallon On Donald Trump?s Call For An Investigation Into Hillary Clinton

Trump keeps tweeting that the Justice Department should investigate Hillary Clinton, instead of his ties to Russia. When asked if he knows who runs the Justice Department, he said, “Of course I do ? Superman, Wonder Woman and Ben Affleck.” –Jimmy Fallon
Democracy Under Attack?From Both Ma...

Democracy Under Attack?From Both Major Political Parties

The fundamental principles of democracy have been under attack for several months, unfortunately by both major political parties. The lack of respect for democratic norms by Donald Trump and his Republican supporters has been well documented. Rather than presenting a clear alternative, the last nominee for the Democratic nomination has also been attacking Democratic norms, […]
Shocking: Russia Caught ?Meddling? ...

Shocking: Russia Caught ?Meddling? It Its Own Parliamentary Elections

Hysteria about Russia, fueled by Hillary Clinton’s drive to divert blame for her loss to Donald Trump, continues to spread. The scare about Russian Facebook ads and Twitter accounts looks ridiculous when the facts are seriously analyzed. We are repeatedly seeing hysterical headlines, sometimes claiming to contain the smoking gun, only to quickly find that […]
Porn Star Running For Democratic No...

Porn Star Running For Democratic Nomination & Other Political Briefs

Are we now Italy? The Hill reports that a porn star has announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination: A porn star and a rapper say they have what it takes to win the White House in 2020. Cherie DeVille, who?s starred in such videos as ?Ass Planet? and ?Hot Tub Hottie,? says she was […]
Quote of the Day: Seth Meyers On Ge...

Quote of the Day: Seth Meyers On Generic vs. ?Name Brand? Democrats Against Donald Trump

According to a new poll, a generic Democratic opponent would beat President Trump by 10 points in 2020 election. Yeah, the generics do great. It?s the name brands [shows photo of Hillary] who have trouble. –Seth Meyers [Ten points is also the difference between how Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton did against Donald Trump in […]
Drug War Gone Wrong: Cops Fighting ...

Drug War Gone Wrong: Cops Fighting Cops

Prohibition of any type generally leads to failure. These police might be trying to stop drug trafficking, but their efforts did not turn out as they desired, turning into a fight between cops of Detroit’s 12th Precinct and 11th Precinct. As a Detroit television station reported: On Thursday Detroit police certainly tried, but maybe too […]

OpEdNews

The Secret Life of Lady Liberty - T...

The Secret Life of Lady Liberty - The American Goddess

The Statue of Liberty, more correctly titled, "Liberty Enlightening the World", is a powerful archetypal symbol for Americans. Can her secrets lead us back to our roots of respect for the feminine?
The Backlash Against the Bullies

The Backlash Against the Bullies

Sexual assault is one obvious assertion of dominance. Other forms include economic bullying and the stoking of bigotry to gain political power. Trump epitomizes it all. The revolt against Trump is a backlash against bullying in all its forms. Powerful and wealthy men who have felt free to impose their will on others, regardless of the pain they cause, may be in for a rude awakening.
The Rule of Power Over the Rule of ...

The Rule of Power Over the Rule of Law

For centuries patriarchal mayhem has exploited women in the workplace or the home. Raw power -- physical, economic and cultural, regularly, overpower the legal safeguards against wrongful injury, rape and torture, both in the household and at work.
Thank an Anti-War Veteran

Thank an Anti-War Veteran

Thank veterans -- the numerous ones who have turned against the Empire they once served and who have since chosen instead to serve the people in their struggle against the unelected and interrelated dictatorships of money, race, and empire at home and abroad.
Shame on VA Dog Labs

Shame on VA Dog Labs

For far too long, dogs and other animals have been used in oftentimes cruel medical research. Today there is no need to use animals so cruelly as there are other non-animal protocols available. Sadly the Cleveland VA and others have either not gotten the message or choose to ignore it.
Daily Inspiration --- We---re small...

Daily Inspiration --- We---re small, so we have to work together

A billion years before the first multi-celled life, microbes and bacteria learned to cooperate on a large scale. Biofilms protect colonies of bacteria and help them to explore their environment more efficiently, seeking resources. Signals like nerve impulses help coordinate the bacteria's collective behavior.

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Open thread for night owls: The AFL...

Open thread for night owls: The AFL-CIO takes a stronger stand on climate change

Jeremy Brecher at Common Dreams writes?The New AFL-CIO Stand on Climate Change:

At its Quadrennial Convention in late October, the AFL-CIO unanimously adopted a resolution on ?Climate Change, Energy, and Union Jobs.? The resolution says that the fastest and most equitable way to address climate change is for ?labor to be at the center of creating solutions that reduce emissions while investing in our communities, maintaining and creating high-wage union jobs, and reducing poverty.?

If acted on, the resolution will bring about significant changes in organized labor and will bring American trade unions into far closer alignment with allies in the climate protection movement.

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The resolution starts with the facts of global warming. It acknowledges ?the overwhelming scientific consensus? that climate warming is ?due to human activities? and that higher global temperatures will trigger ?irreversible changes in our climate,? causing ?a rise in sea levels and storm surges, an increase in droughts and extreme weather events, a substantial threat of increased extinctions, decreased food security in some regions, and an increase in heat-induced health problems.?

The resolution turns next to the social justice dimensions of climate change. ?Workers, communities of color and low-income Americans suffer disproportionately from environmental degradation and climate change? through ?polluted air, water and land,? and from ?drought and extreme weather events.? It cites Pope Francis and other religious leaders on the ?moral imperative to address both climate change and poverty.?

The resolution notes that tens of thousands of union members work in industries that rely on fossil fuels or live in regions where fossil fuels are ?the primary economic driver in their communities.? Like all workers, they have a right to ?a strong, viable economic future? including good jobs at union wages and benefits. It cites the Paris Agreement on ?the imperative of a just transition? of the workforce and ?decent work and quality jobs? when addressing climate change. It resolves to fight politically and legislatively ?to secure and maintain employment, pensions and health care? for workers affected by changes in the energy market. [...]

The AFL-CIO has never endorsed science-based targets and timetables for greenhouse gas reduction. This resolution still fails to do so.

The AFL-CIO has also long endorsed an ?all the above? energy policy which does not advocate for the transition to fossil-free energy at all, let alone on a timetable necessary to protect against catastrophic climate change. This resolution endorses renewable energy and energy efficiency, but also carbon capture and storage and nuclear power. It does not call for even a reduction in the burning of fossil fuel. [...]

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?Ever since the development of political machinery and bureaucratic organizations among Indians, there has been a sudden perspective of women?and the roles of women?as second-class citizens. The basic reason for discrimination against Indian women stems from the federal government?s intervention in Indians affairs.?
               
~Annie Dodge Wauneka (Navajo) in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies (1981)

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At Daily Kos on this date in 2004?Don?t Mourn, Organize:

Why were we in this fight in the first place? Because terrible leaders are doing terrible things to our country and calling this wonderful. Because radical reactionaries are trying to impose their imperialist schemes on whoever they wish and calling this just. Because amoral oligarchs are determined to enhance their slice of the economic pie and calling this the natural order. Because flag-wrapped ideologues want to chop up civil liberties and call this security. Because myopians are in charge of America?s future. 

We lost on 11/2. Came in second place in a crucial battle whose damage may still be felt decades from now. The despicable record of our foes makes our defeat good reason for disappointment and fear. Even without a mandate over the past four years, they have behaved ruthlessly at home and abroad, failing to listen to objections even from members of their own party. With the mandate of a 3.6-million vote margin, one can only imagine how far their arrogance will take them in their efforts to dismantle 70 years of social legislation and 50+ years of diplomacy. 

Still, Tuesday was only one round in the struggle. It?s only the end if we let it be. I am not speaking solely of challenging the votes in Ohio or elsewhere ? indeed, I think even successful challenges are unlikely to change the ultimate outcome, which is not to say I don?t think the Democrats should make the attempt. And I?m not just talking about evaluating in depth what went wrong, then building on what was started in the Dean campaign to reinvigorate the grassroots of the Democratic Party, although I also think we must do that. I?m talking about the broader political realm, the realm outside of electoral politics that has always pushed America to live up to its best ideals and overcome its most grotesque contradictions. [?]

It's tough on the psyche to be beaten.Throughout our country's history, abolitionists, suffragists, union organizers, anti-racists, antiwarriors, civil libertarians, feminists and gay rights activists have challenged the majority of Americans to take off their blinders. Each succeeded one way or another, but not overnight, and certainly not without serious setbacks. 

After a decent interval of licking our wounds and pondering what might have been and where we went wrong, we need to spit out our despair and return ? united - to battling those who have for the moment outmaneuvered us. Otherwise, we might just as well lie down in the street and let them flatten us with their schemes.

On today?s Kagro in the Morning show: There was just too much insightful push-back on the Donna Brazile story to let things go. And then, there was Armando. We learn once again that the key moments in politics aren?t always the sexy ones. Truth is, you just gotta keep showing up. Forever.

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10-year-old Rosamaria, detained for...

10-year-old Rosamaria, detained for over a week, has been released

Rosamaria Hernandez, the 10-year-old special needs child explicably targeted by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and taken into custody following emergency gallbladder surgery, was released earlier today after more than a week in detention:

?We?re just thrilled ? it?s such a relief,? said one of her lawyers, Michael Tan, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union. ?It?s actually quite overwhelming. This was the first time in her life she was separated from her family.?

Of the next step in her case, he added, ?There?s really no reason to be targeting Rosa Maria for deportation,? given her age and condition.

?Finally, Rosa Maria has been released to her family where she belongs,? Representative Joaquin Castro, a Democrat who represents the San Antonio area, said in a statement on Friday evening. ?This young girl and her loved ones have been through a traumatizing ordeal.?

He added: ?The United States should not be a place where children seeking life-sustaining medical care are at risk of apprehension.?

?Rosamaria is finally free. We?re thrilled that she can go home to heal surrounded by her family's love and support,? the ACLU continued. ?Despite our relief, Border Patrol?s decision to target a young girl at a children?s hospital remains unconscionable. No child should go through this trauma and we are working to make sure it doesn?t happen again.?

As the ACLU noted, Rosamaria should never have been targeted by Border Patrol in the first place, and there are many questions the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must answer in the coming days, and officials must be held accountable. Why was Rosamaria targeted? Why did officials ignore medical professionals who said Rosamaria should be with family? Why was she denied post-operative care?

For now, the most important thing is that Rosamaria is home, thanks to her advocates and all those who spoke out on her behalf.

Mila Kunis set up a monthly donatio...

Mila Kunis set up a monthly donation in Mike Pence's name to Planned Parenthood

Actress Mila Kunis has her own sly way of protesting the vehemently anti-choice Vice President Mike Pence: setting up an anonymous monthly donation to the major reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood in his name. During an interview on TBS?s CONAN with host Conan O?Brian, she shared a juicy tidbit about a small form of resistance she practices every week. She explained, in part:

I disagreed with some of the stuff that Pence was doing and was trying to do.

And so, as a reminder that there are women in the world that may or may not agree with his platform, I put him on a list of reoccurring donations that are made in his name to Planned Parenthood.

Love it.

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You can take this job and shove it!...

You can take this job and shove it! Twitter employee goes rogue, pulls the plug on Trump's account

Last night for eleven glorious minutes, Donald Trump?s Twitter account was deactivated. Twitter promised an investigation and before long they revealed how and why Trump?s account had been closed for business. 

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And with that, Twitter began celebrating the unknown rogue employee.

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Republican tax plan could slam grad...

Republican tax plan could slam graduate students earning less than $30,000

The Republican tax plan is designed to be confusing. They don?t want us to know everything that?s in it ahead of time, because we?d notice how bad it is for us. So little bits of information trickle out, like this in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and they don?t necessarily get the attention they deserve:

The plan would also tax the tuition waivers that many graduate students receive when they work as teaching assistants or researchers.

Claus Wilke, an integrative biology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, explained on Twitter what this could mean to STEM education:

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The result? ?At that point, a PhD would not be a viable choice anymore, except for the independently wealthy.? Or, maybe, people who were so confident that they?d be walking out of grad school and into a job with Monsanto or a defense contractor that it was worth taking on some debt. Either way, it?s not an outcome that?s good for American higher education.

Russia o'clock: Carter Page lied to...

Russia o'clock: Carter Page lied to the media and Papadopoulos was more than a coffee boy

Posting two new Russia revelations here for discussion because, it?s Friday! And why not? Shocker: Carter Page lied to the media about his Russia contacts.

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Another shocker: Team Trump has been lying about ?coffee boy? George. 

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Discuss.

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State Repression Against IMC Grenob...

State Repression Against IMC Grenoble and IMC Nantes

Following the publication of a communiqué claiming responsibility for a fire in a garage at a Grenoble police depot (gendarmerie) during the night of September 20th/21st, Indymedia Grenoble and Indymedia Nantes have been threatened by the French police. The administrators of these sites received emails from the Central Office for the Fight Against Crime Linked to Information Technology and Communication (OCLCTIC) demanding that the concerned articles be removed from the sites in under 24 hours, otherwise rendering the sites liable to blocking and dereferencing.

The communiqué?s authors explained that the garage fire had been carried out as "part of a wave of attacks in solidarity with people currently under trial" such as the Quai de Valmy police car arson. In this Grenoble arson attack, several dozen police vehicles were burned (torched).

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

MSNBC

Roy Moore scandal ignites fundraisi...

Roy Moore scandal ignites fundraising explosion for Democratic challenger

Democrat Doug Jones has been raking in as much $250,000 per day since the Roy Moore scandal broke.
A Panama tower carries Trump's name...

A Panama tower carries Trump's name and ties to organized crime

The Trump Organization licensed its name to a luxury condo tower in Panama riddled with ties to drug money and international organized crime.
Trump criticizes Franken, remains s...

Trump criticizes Franken, remains silent on Moore

President Donald Trump will not call on Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop out of the race despite the multiple sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him.
New ad targets Collins on tax bill

New ad targets Collins on tax bill

A liberal group is planning a million-dollar ad buy to encourage Senate Republicans to vote against the tax bill. First up: Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.
Who benefits? Mixed messages on the...

Who benefits? Mixed messages on the GOP tax plan

For months, the White House boasted the rich would not benefit from their tax plan. Now they're singing a different tune.
Trump says 'trophy decision on hold...

Trump says 'trophy decision on hold' after lifting of elephant trophy ban

President Trump tweeted Friday "Put big game trophy decision on hold" pending a review, after an agency reversed a ban on importation of elephant trophies.

CNN

Head of US Strategic Command says h...

Head of US Strategic Command says he would push back if President orders an 'illegal' nuclear strike

The top US nuclear commander said Saturday he would push back against an order from President Donald Trump for a nuclear strike if it were "illegal."
Fact check: Trump wrong on his nucl...

Fact check: Trump wrong on his nuclear boast

Jake Tapper looks at Donald Trump's comments about his 'first order' and the US nuclear arsenal. Read more at FactCheck.org.
Lawmakers and US allies seek assura...

Lawmakers and US allies seek assurances

A decades-old presidential authority to use nuclear weapons is suddenly coming into question as US allies and some lawmakers from both parties want the Trump administration to assure them that President Donald Trump cannot rashly launch a nuclear strike, according to multiple sources.
Can anyone stop Trump from ordering...

Can anyone stop Trump from ordering a nuclear strike?

Congressional lawmakers raised concerns about President Donald Trump's ability to use nuclear weapons during a hearing on Capitol Hill. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.
Trump says he wants nuclear arsenal...

Trump says he wants nuclear arsenal in 'tip-top shape'

President Donald Trump said that he just wants to have the US nuclear arsenal in "tip-top shape," pushing back on a report that he wanted to increase the stockpile tenfold.
'SNL' takes on Senator -- and forme...

'SNL' takes on Senator -- and former 'SNL' performer --Al Franken

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