Archive for December, 2015

Dec 14 2015

Thank Climate Justice Activists for Doing All They Can to Curb Warming

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Published by Truthdig.com on December 12, 2015

Red Line for Climate Justice activists march in Paris on Saturday. (Sonali Kolhatkar)

As climate negotiators at the COP21 summit in Paris celebrated a global accord on greenhouse gas emissions, tens of thousands of activists from all over the world gathered on the city’s streets, having obtained a last-minute permit despite a ban on assembly. A disconnect between the …

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Dec 14 2015

On International Human Rights Day at COP21, African Women Call for Climate Justice

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Published by Truthdig.com on December 10, 2015

On Dec. 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, marking the first International Human Rights Day. Sixty-seven years later, the United Nations is hosting arguably the most important climate conference of our time. But the global institution has seemingly divorced human rights from the impacts of climate change.

Outside the confines of the conference being held …

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Dec 08 2015

Syrian, Afghan, and Iraqi Refugees Continue to Flee War As US and Europe Step Up Bombing Campaign

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GUEST: Adam Shapiro, long-time activist, who with his wife Huwaida Arraf, and two young children, is in Chios, Greece, aiding refugees, volunteering with a Norwegian group called ‘A Drop In The Ocean’.

Greece has just announced new legislation to set up screening centers for migrants in various parts of the country in order to ease the pressure from the influx of refugees. While the story of the …

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Dec 08 2015

The Real Meaning of Obama’s Speech on the San Bernardino Shooting

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GUEST: Rahul Mahajan, sociologist and author of Full Spectrum Dominance: US Power in Iraq and Beyond, regular guest on Uprising.

President Obama on Sunday evening addressed the nation live from the Oval Office. His speech was prompted by the recent massacre of 14 people in San Bernardino, California. During his speech he touched upon a number of issues, including the US’s strategy against the Islamic State. Obama …

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Dec 08 2015

Second Week of COP21 Begins

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GUEST: Cindy Wiesner, National Coordinator for Grassroots Global Justice Alliance. GGJ is a co-founder of the Climate Justice Alliance.

The UN climate conference in Paris has entered its second week with delegates pushing for a final agreement that can be ratified by all. Developing countries and island nations in particular have the most at stake.

Outside the halls of the meeting, activists are gathering despite a …

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Dec 07 2015

Fixated on Fundamentalist Terror, We Ignore the Terror of Guns

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Published by Telesurtv.net on December 06, 2015

Heavily armed law enforcement officers watch on during a protest against the police killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. | Photo: AFP

Gun violence from civilians and police kill a staggering number of people,  yet politicians and the media remain fixated on jihadi terrorism.

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Dec 07 2015

How the Gun Industry Avoided the Fate of Big Tobacco

GUEST: Josh Israel, senior investigative reporter for ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. He recently wrote an article for ThinkProgress called ‘The Gun Industry Has Systematically Demolished Regulators And Avoided The Fate Of Cigarettes’.

The recent horrific massacre in San Bernardino, California, has raised many questions about what motived the killers, a young, newly married couple with a 6-month old child. The FBI is …

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Dec 07 2015

The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology

GUEST: Aldon Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University. His earlier books include
‘Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing For Change’.

The academic field of Sociology is defined as “the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society,” and simply put, “the study of social problems.” Today the US has a rich and burgeoning …

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Dec 07 2015

Why Are We Not Doing All We Can to Prevent Climate-Related Deaths?

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Published by Truthdig.com on December 03, 2015

From left: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande. (Frederic Legrand – COMEO / Shutterstock)

As he flew into Paris on Sunday for the United Nations climate conference, President Obama’s motorcade made a detour to the makeshift memorial at Bataclan, where just two weeks earlier gunmen killed more than 80 …

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Dec 04 2015

Exclusive Report: Nurses and Environmental Activists Join Forces On Climate Change

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Hundreds of people gathered at Pershing Square, in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday morning to demand an end to global warming. The rally was organized by the National Nurses United along with several environmental justice organizations such as Communities for a Better Environment, Food and Water Watch and 350.org. It took place as the United Nations climate summit, COP21, is in full swing …

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