Will Work for Change: Activists say their work might not be lucrative, but it’s fulfilling “It sounds noble but in reality, I’m broke.” by Lauren Daley Photo courtesy of Mel Packer Mel Packer with Marcellus Protest Someone has been shouting “get a job!” at Vincent Eirene since he was a little boy. The thing is, […]
10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down Fact-checking some of the gun lobby’s favorite arguments shows they’re full of holes. —By Dave Gilson | Thu Jan. 31, 2013 3:01 AM PST 620 By cutting off federal funding for research and stymieing data collection and sharing, the National Rifle Association has tried to do to the study of […]
Once you reach a certain level of music superstardom, one might assume that you must have to be cool with hearing your songs all over the place – elevators, supermarkets, television and just about anywhere else – without slapping copyright infringement notices left, right and centre. Lenny Kravtiz seems to be a different kind of […]
If you could do it nonstop, it would take you six days to walk from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond to President Barack Obama’s White House. For the Sierra Club, that journey has taken much longer. For 120 years, we have remained committed to using every “lawful means” to achieve our objectives. Now, for the […]
16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would […]
Massey official sent to jail for cover-up Upper Big Branch explosion killed 29 January 18, 2013 12:23 am By Michael A. Fuoco / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The former superintendent of the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia was sentenced Thursday to 21 months in a federal prison for conspiring to cover up mine safety violations before the […]
Iraq: A Twenty Two Year Genocide by Felicity Arbuthnot / January 17th, 2013 It is the first genocide of the 21th century. Poor Iraq and Iraqis. The silence of the world pushes me to lose faith in humanity. – Anonymous Incredibly it is twenty two years to the day since the telephone rang in the […]
Charges filed in W.Va. mine disaster Massey ex-executive expected to enter guilty pleas to federal counts Thursday, November 29, 2012 By Michael A. Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette Shortly after the mine disaster, this temporary memorial to the victims went up along Route 3 in Whitesville, W.Va., with their names on lumps of coal […]
Shell’s First Day of Peat Works ‘Severely Impeded’ by Protests
Aughoose Ireland under attack by more Big Oil Industry
Monday 25th July Shell intended to begin constructing a permanent compound in Aughoose from which to begin laying the offshore pipeline. However in a statement to Midwest radio Shell commented that works had been ‘severely impeded’ on Monday. Between a 5½ hour tripod blockade in the morning and loads of protesters on bicycles and on foot, the roads remained shut down for quite a lot of the day.
July 26, 2011
In March, Tim DeChristopher was convicted of two felony counts for a nonviolent act of civil disobedience. Acting out of his deepest convictions and his abiding concern for the survival of humankind, Tim bid on oil and gas leases on federal land that he didn’t have the means to pay for. On Tuesday, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison for his actions.
The auction Tim disrupted was being conducted during the final weeks of the George W. Bush administration, in what many believed was a push to sell one last batch of public leases before President Obama took office. Tim’s intention at the December 2008 auction was to prevent the parcels, some of them on scenic land near Arches and Canyonlands national parks, from going to oil and gas companies. Read the rest of this entry »
The Moapa River Indian Reservation, tribal home of a band of Paiute Indians, sits about 30 miles north of Las Vegas—and about 300 yards from the coal ash landfills of the Reid Gardner Power Station. If the conditions are just wrong, coal ash picks up from Reid Gardner and moves across the desert like a sandstorm. The film An Ill Wind tells the Paiute Indians’ story.
There is no budget focus on the illegal wars and military occupations that the US government has underway in at least six countries or the 66-year old US occupations of Japan and Germany and the ring of military bases being constructed around Russia.
The total military/security budget is in the vicinity of $1.1-$1.2 trillion, or 70 per cent -75 per cent of the federal budget deficit.
The criminal Bush regime lied to Americans and claimed that the Iraq war would only cost $70 billion at the most and would be paid for with Iraq oil revenues. When Bush’s chief economic advisor, Larry Lindsay, said the Iraq invasion would cost $200 billion, Bush fired him. In fact, Lindsay was off by a factor of 20. Economic and budget experts have calculated that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have consumed $4,000 billion in out-of-pocket and already incurred future costs. In other words, the ongoing wars and occupations have already eaten up the $4 trillion by which Obama hopes to cut federal spending over the next ten years. Bomb now, pay later.
The American people and their wants and needs are not represented in Washington. Washington serves powerful interest groups, such as the military/security complex, Wall Street and the banksters, agribusiness, the oil companies, the insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, and the mining and timber industries. Washington endows these interests with excess profits by committing war crimes and terrorizing foreign populations with bombs, drones, and invasions, by deregulating the financial sector and bailing it out of its greed-driven mistakes after it has stolen Americans’ pensions, homes, and jobs, by refusing to protect the land, air, water, oceans and wildlife from polluters and despoilers, and by constructing a health care system with the highest costs and highest profits in the world. Read the rest of this entry »