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Video Appears to Show Humanitarian Supply Delivery

Video, not yet verified by NBC News, appears to show Iraqi refugees gathering supplies after a delivery of humanitarian aid.






Video Appears to Show US Airdrop Af...

Video Appears to Show US Airdrop Aftermath

Video, not yet verified by NBC News, appears to show Iraqi refugees gathering supplies after a US humanitarian aid airdrop.






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Watch Live: White House Briefing - 12:45 PM ET

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds briefing.






Watch Live: White House Briefing

Watch Live: White House Briefing

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds briefing.






Barack Obama Gets Dragged Back Into...

Barack Obama Gets Dragged Back Into Iraq

The fear: You get in even incrementally, and it?s hard to get out.






Barack Obama Gets Dragged Back Into...

Barack Obama Gets Dragged Back Into Iraq

The fear: You get in even incrementally, and it?s hard to get out.






CNN

A mom's desperate decision

A mom's desperate decision

Shanesha Taylor walked out of a job interview on March 20 at a Scottsdale, Arizona, insurance company feeling like her luck was about to change.
Mich. porch shooting: Guilty verdic...

Mich. porch shooting: Guilty verdict

A Michigan man accused of gunning down an unarmed young woman on his front porch in November was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder, manslaughter and possessing a firearm while committing a felony.
Plane stowaway arrested again

Plane stowaway arrested again

She just can't seem to stay away.
Passers-by step over shot man

Passers-by step over shot man

Video shows witnesses ignoring a shooting victim, but as CNN's Susan Candiotti reports, this isn't an isolated reaction.
Ukraine: Military plane shot down

Ukraine: Military plane shot down

[Breaking news update, posted at 1:21 p.m. ET]
Russian laser show mocks Obama

Russian laser show mocks Obama

A racially charged laser show of Barack Obama eating a banana was projected on the U.S. embassy in Moscow.

Buzzflash.com

Five Adjectives That Scream "Don't ...

Five Adjectives That Scream "Don't Vote Republican!"

PAUL BUCHHEIT FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

There are more than five, of course, and voting Democrat may not be much of an improvement, but attaching these adjectives to the comically contemptible GOP seems more than appropriate.

Obstructionist

In 2010 Mitch McConnell said: "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." He didn't mention the economy, or education, or jobs, or the housing market. Instead, the goal is to beat Obama, whatever misery it might cause 200 million Americans.

For the past two years the Republicans have obstructed proposals that would have helped most Americans. They fought the middle-class tax cut because it would only apply to the first quarter-million of income. They killed a jobs bill that was supported by two-thirds of the public. They rejected a bill to disclose information about big campaign donors. They disrupted the routine process of increasing the debt ceiling, thus triggering the first-ever downgrading of the U.S. credit rating. Most recently they've obstructed efforts to provide mortgage debt relief to American homeowners.

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Mitt Romney's Most Unexcellent Adve...

Mitt Romney's Most Unexcellent Adventure

WILL DURST FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Mitt Romney has to be more relieved than an Iowa corn farmer in the middle of a thunderstorm to be back on home soil. Arms wide. Head back. Wet face. Smile. Podium steps. National Anthem. The American electorate may harbor an ambivalent attitude towards the former governor of Massachusetts, but the reaction to his European Vacation from folks across the big pond could only be described as decisively derisive. If diplomacy were a hurdling sport, the guy stumbled over the lane chalk. The plan was for the GOP nominee to embark on a low- risk, three- country jaunt to raise his suspect foreign policy bona fides, but the seven- day charm offensive proved to be light on charm and heavy on offense. Good will hunting transformed into ill will gathering.

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BuzzFlash Commentary Will Soon Be P...

BuzzFlash Commentary Will Soon Be Posted on Truthout

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

In a day or two, BuzzFlash Commentary (formerly known as the BuzzFlash blog) will move to the actual Truthout site. It is an exciting step in the continued integration of BuzzFlash into Truthout.

Not only will there be the physical move of the site (and when the move is completed, you will be reading this message on the new design), but it will now allow for photographs, videos, audio and other enhancements to be integrated into BuzzFlash at Truthout commentary.

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We Wrecked Iraq, We Pulled Out, We ...

We Wrecked Iraq, We Pulled Out, We Redeployed in Anaheim

ROBERT C. KOEHLER FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

We wrecked Iraq, we pulled out, we redeployed in Anaheim.

This ain't working, guys- I mean, firing rubber bullets into anguished crowds, siccing attack dogs on moms and children. I mean, inventing enemies, going to war, unleashing state-of-the-art firepower in all directions and eventually losing, but not before we've inflicted maximum suffering on the innocent and magnified the original problem tenfold.

We lose every war we fight.

Another way to say that is: We exacerbate every problem we militarize. Indeed, militarization is as much a part of the problem - as much a threat to civilization - as, for instance, terrorism or drugs. And the recent, ongoing community uproar in Anaheim, Calif., over two police slayings of Latino males in one weekend - and the subsequent police reaction to that outrage - illustrates the terrifying ineffectiveness of a militarized, "us vs. them" approach to conflict.

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The Massive Voter Fraud of the GOP

The Massive Voter Fraud of the GOP

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Isn't it voter fraud to deny US citizens the right to vote?

That is what the Republican Party is engaged in its campaign to place onerous requirements on the poor, infirm and destitute seniors, the homeless, students and others to vote.

Politico recently ran background summaries on each state that has passed restrictive voter laws in an article entitled "Voter ID laws could swing states": "At least 5 million voters, predominantly young and from minority groups sympathetic to President Barack Obama, could be affected by an unprecedented flurry of new legislation by Republican governors and GOP-led legislatures to change or restrict voting rights by Election Day 2012." Think Progress reports that "As many as 43 percent of voters in the city of Philadelphia may lack valid Pennsylvania Department of Transportation-issued photo identification, the City Paper reports. While several other forms of photo identification - including U.S. passports and many student ID cards - are acceptable proof of identity under the controversial and possibly unconstitutional new law, this statistic suggests these restrictions may provide an even larger obstacle for urban (and racial minority) communities who do not drive."

Why is the disenfranchisement of potentially millions of Americans the perpetration of a fraud? Because it would mean perhaps millions will not be able to vote due to false claims by GOP sponsors of these bills that there are massive cases of illegal voters in the United States.

In a recent Brennan Center for Justice report it is noted that Republican backed obstacles to exercise the right to vote are not limited to government-issue photo ID cards:

"Significantly, these voting law cutbacks extend well beyond the most visible and controversial step to require government-issued photo ID that many citizens don't have," said report co-author Lawrence Norden, deputy director of the Democracy Program and former Chair of the Ohio Secretary of State's bipartisan Election Summit and Conference. "An array of technical moves can add to significant barriers to the ballot. And it comes at a time when experience has taught us there are many ways to improve the voting process and expand access to the franchise while reducing costs."

The Brennan Center report also warns that "The states that have already cut back on voting rights will provide 171 electoral votes in 2012-63 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency."

Debunking the myth of voter fraud, the Brennan Center produced a study that showed in a state such as Wisconsin, where Scott Walker led the charge against "alleged" voter fraud, there were only minute voting errors in the 2004 election (.00006% of ineligible voters casting ballots in the state that year) - and that "none of these problems could have been resolved by requiring by requiring photo ID at the polls."

Writing in the Michigan Law Review in 2007, Spencer Overton bluntly lays out the facts:

The Carter-Baker Commission's Report noted that since October 2002, federal officials had charged eighty-nine individuals with casting multiple votes, providing false information about their felon status, buying votes, submitting false voter registration information, or voting improperly as a noncitizen. Examined in the context of the 196,139,871 ballots cast between October 2002 and August 2005, this represents a fraud rate of 0.000045% (and note also that not all of the activities charged would have been prevented by a photo- identification requirement)

When you balance taking away the Constitutional right to vote of millions of Americans on the basis of 89 people being charged nationally with illegal voting over a three year period, those who seek to restrict access to the ballot box are engaged in a fraudulent scheme to impact elections through the denial of the most basic right of citizenship.

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The Incredible Lightness of Being D...

The Incredible Lightness of Being Dick Cheney

STEVEN JONAS, MD, MPH FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

On July 30, 2012, former Vice-President Dick Cheney described President Obama as one of the "weakest" Presidents, ranking even (sic) Jimmy Carter above him (1). That statement makes one wonder: what is Cheney's definition of the opposite of weakness? That is "strength." Well, let's take a look at some of Cheney's personal and political history to try to determine the answer to that question.

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Argentina Sues United States at Int...

Argentina Sues United States at International Tribunal

Mounting Evidence of Deliberate Att...

Mounting Evidence of Deliberate Attacks on Gaza Health Workers by Israeli Army

Court Hearing Focuses on EPA's Fail...

Court Hearing Focuses on EPA's Failure to Protect 119 Endangered Species From Pesticides

6th Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in...

6th Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in 6 Marriage Cases

US-Africa Summit Focuses on Trade, ...

US-Africa Summit Focuses on Trade, Poverty, Growth

President's Net Neutrality Views Do...

President's Net Neutrality Views Don't Square with FCC Proposal

Democraticunderground.com

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...

Liberalvaluesblog

This Is Not The Libertarian Moment,...

This Is Not The Libertarian Moment, But Also Not The Right Moment For Democrats To Follow Hillary Clinton?s Views

Robert Draper asks, Has the ?Libertarian Moment? Finally Arrived? in The New York Times Magazine. Libertarians, who long have relished their role as acerbic sideline critics of American political theater, now find themselves and their movement thrust into the middle of it. For decades their ideas have had serious backing financially (most prominently by the […]
Decreased Highway Fatalities In Col...

Decreased Highway Fatalities In Colorado After Legalization Of Marijuana

Conservatives have used scare stories of high drivers as reasons to oppose both legalization of marijuana and even use of medical marijuana. As with a recent study on prostitution reducing the risk of rape and sexually transmitted diseases, eliminating laws against victimless crimes may be beneficial, and at least typically does not do the harm […]
Ohio Experiment Shows Way To Save M...

Ohio Experiment Shows Way To Save Money With Medicaid Expansion And Avoid Increase In ER Utilization

Opponents of the expanded Medicaid program have often cherry-picked data from Oregon to point out an increase in Emergency Room use and to question the benefits of the program. NPR’s Morning Edition looked at a program in Ohio to expand Medicaid coverage before the expansion in the Affordable Care Act and found positive results. The […]
Quote of the Day: Alison Lundergan ...

Quote of the Day: Alison Lundergan Grimes on Mitch McConnell

?If Mitch McConnell were a TV show, he would be ?Mad Men,? treating women unfairly, stuck in 1968 and ending this season.” --Alison Lundergan Grimes on Mitch McConnell at the Fancy Farm picnic in Kentucky or, as she referred to it, “Senator  McConnell’s retirement party.”
SciFi Weekend: Arrow; Agent Carter;...

SciFi Weekend: Arrow; Agent Carter; Under The Dome; True Blood (vs. Sarah Palin); Utopia; Sleepy Hollow; Doctor Who (and flirting); Big Bang Theory;Allison Williams as Peter Pan

This picture of the cast of Arrow might very well be the best selfie to come out of Comic-Con last weekend. The latest news on Arrow is that Charlotte Ross  has been cast as Felicity’s mother. Last week Collider asked Stephen Amel about topics including the Justice League and Oliver’s true love at Comic-Con: Are […]
Quote of the Day: Seth Meyers on Ma...

Quote of the Day: Seth Meyers on Marijuana Legalization

“The New York Times came out in favor of marijuana legalization. Apparently, someone told them that marijuana users are really into ‘buying papers.’” ?Seth Meyers

OpEdNews

In Pursuit of Nuclear Zero

In Pursuit of Nuclear Zero

As the 69th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings approaches, it is essential that we reflect on the lasting consequences of these attacks. The tiny Republic of the Marshall Islands demonstrated an impressive act of bravery by taking on these nine nuclear nations and bringing them to international court.
We're All Criminals and Outlaws in ...

We're All Criminals and Outlaws in the Eyes of the American Police State

Why are we seeing such an uptick in Americans being arrested for such absurd "violations" as letting their kids play at a park unsupervised, collecting rainwater and snow runoff on their own property, growing vegetables in their yard, and holding Bible studies in their living room? What's really behind this drive to label Americans as criminals?
Dust off the pitchforks - Home Fore...

Dust off the pitchforks - Home Foreclosure racket continues

The lamestream media has totally failed to explain how the government's buy up of the finance industry's swamp of toxic debt actually works at a local level. Read on and discover how billions of your taxes are still bailing out the banksters, all thanks to our corrupt political mafia.
Forget EBOLA: The Greatest Threat T...

Forget EBOLA: The Greatest Threat To Africa's Medical Missionaries Is Ann Coulter!

Ann Coulter's latest comment on the transfer of African medical missionaries afflicted with Ebola to America may be her latest triumph of publicity-grabbing. Who cares?
Hamas Cease Fire Terms Could Lead t...

Hamas Cease Fire Terms Could Lead to "Normalcy"

If an extended cease fire agreement is reached, and Israel agrees to Hamas' simple requests, the firing from both sides would end, at least for a time. Is there any hope that Israel will agree to the Hamas requests? Based on Israel's past record of negotiations, the possibility that Israel would relinquish its tight control over is slim, at best.
Back in Iraq, Jack!

Back in Iraq, Jack!

President Obama may want us to sympathize with patriotic torturers, he may turn on whistleblowers like a flesh-eating zombie, he may have lost all ability to think an authentic thought, but I will say this for him: He knows how to mark the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin fraud like a champion.

Dailykos.com

Tennessee close to giving the 'pro-...

Tennessee close to giving the 'pro-family' serial adulterer and abortion-pusher a second chance

Rep. Scott DesJarlais
Rep. Scott DesJarlais, horrible person.
Never underestimate the ability of a Republican to swallow jaw-dropping levels of hypocrisy by one of their own.
Latest count from AP has challenger Jim Tracy ahead of Rep Scott DesJarlais R-TN by 4 votes #TN04
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You remember Rep. Scott Desjarlais (R-TN), the "pro-family" guy with a history that includes "alleged spousal abuse, serial adultery, sexual relationships with patients and at least three occasions of encouraging a woman to have an abortion (twice his soon-to-be-former wife, once a patient)." Well, he might just win in this very tight primary.

Right now it's down to absentee and provisional ballots. Tennessee doesn't have an automatic recount, although candidates can go to a judge to request one. There's no available estimate on how many absentee and provisional ballots are still out there, so there's a slim possibility that Tennessee's fourth district voters can redeem themselves by booting DesJarlais. That's an exceedingly slim possibility, considering he's contending so strongly in this race.

Awkward: Mitch McConnell's wife is ...

Awkward: Mitch McConnell's wife is Major (player) in the 'war on coal'

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
"Hey, she's only on two anti-coal boards!"
In the course of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign, he has relied on two lines of attack: Trying to convince voters that Alison Lundergan Grimes is a black man from Kenya and accusing her of being a foot soldier in the so-called "war on coal." But as it turns out:  
McConnell?s wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, sits on the board of directors of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which has plunged $50 million into the Sierra Club?s ?Beyond Coal? initiative, an advocacy effort with the expressed goal of killing the coal industry.

In 2011, Bloomberg Philanthropies teamed up with the Sierra Club to target coal plants for closure in an effort to "end our nation?s reliance on dirty coal, plant-by-plant, community-by-community, and state-by-state," according to Bloomberg Philanthropies? website ... The organization boasts that it has ?prevented 150 coal plants from being built,? and has taken direct action against 16 plants in McConnell?s homestate of Kentucky, arguing that coal production is a health hazard and is harmful to the environment.

Oops. And there's more:
Chao?s relationship with Bloomberg Philanthropies isn?t the only group she represents that has taken a stand against the coal industry. She also sits on the Board of Directors at Wells Fargo, which in 2013 announced that it would divest from surface mining of coal in Appalachia due to environmental concerns.
In a recent ad, McConnell said:
"I will be the leader of the forces that take on the war on coal. We've got to fight back in this war on coal. Damn right. We're not going to sit there and take it, I can assure you that.?
Yeah, Mitch isn't going to just sit there and take it. But the McConnell family's bank account is going to sit there and take in the hundreds of thousands of dollars that his favorite campaign surrogate is raking in for waging that "war on coal."
Cartoon: Camp Do-Nuttin', recess fo...

Cartoon: Camp Do-Nuttin', recess for Congress


Now that members of Congress are taking their summer recess, no meaningful legislation will get passed.  In other words, nothing has changed.  This Congress, particularly in the House, looks at legislating as something to be done after campaigning, after appearing on cable news shows, after fundraising, after washing the car, after cleaning out the rain gutters and whatever else may need to be done on a lazy summer day.

House Republicans seem to have created an activist PR agency rather than a functioning legislative body.  Why worry about funding the government past September 30th when you can sue the president?  Border crisis involving children, drugs and guns?  Forget comprehensive immigration reform, send more money to the Israeli army instead!

So, besides not really doing much of substance when they're supposed to be running the, um, country, now Congress gets to have a five week vacation, on top of their other vacations and breaks.  Nice gig!  (Be sure to check out more news behind the cartoon here.)

U.S. airstrikes begin on ISIS milit...

U.S. airstrikes begin on ISIS militants in Iraq

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjarl west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province, August 7, 2014. Islamic State militants extended their gains in northern Iraq on Thursday, seizing more towns a
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the
 Iraqi town of Sinjar west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby announced that U.S. military aircraft has conducted a strike on ISIS artillery being used near the city of Irbil in Iraq. There is a U.S. Consulate in that city, as well as U.S. military personnel.
The Pentagon says two U.S. fighter jets dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it.

President Barack Obama authorized such airstrikes Thursday when the Islamic state militant group advanced on Irbil, in northeaster Iraq, where U.S. military trainers are stationed.

Humanitarian relief had already been air-dropped to the Yazidi refugees who have been pushed into the mountains near Irbil, before President Obama spoke Thursday night. Military cargo planes dropped 5,300 gallons of water and 8,000 meals, and the administration says U.S. forces have more water and food at the ready.
Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest:...

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Following plagiarism scandal, Walsh drops out of Senate race

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? MT-Sen: Democratic Sen. John Walsh, who was just appointed to the post earlier this year, has decided not to run for a full term this fall in the wake of a devastating plagiarism scandal unearthed by the New York Times. Walsh was already the decided underdog to Rep. Steve Daines, given Montana's traditionally red lean, but revelations that he plagiarized large portions of his 14-page master's thesis at Army War College made a difficult race nearly impossible.

Walsh will serve out the rest of his term, but Democrats must pick a new nominee at a party convention before Aug. 20. The one dream candidate would have been ex-Gov. Brian Schweitzer, but he's already said no, and in fact, he previously declined to run for this seat after Sen. Max Baucus announced his retirement. (Baucus later resigned to accept an ambassadorship to China, opening the way for Gov. Steve Bullock to tap Walsh, who was then his lieutenant governor, as a replacement.)

Many other possibilities are getting bandied about. Some names include: former NARAL president Nancy Keenan; EMILY's List president Stephanie Schriock; former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger, who took 23 percent in the Democratic primary against Walsh earlier this year; state Rep. Franke Wilmer; state Sen. Dave Wanzenreid; former Senate Majority Leader Carol Williams; and Secretary of State Linda McCulloch, among others.

Whoever gets tapped won't have Walsh's baggage, but he or she will have precious little time?just three months?to put together a full-blown statewide campaign. And that person will be facing the same demographic challenges Walsh was. Montana Democrats have done an excellent job sailing against the prevailing winds for many years now, electing guys like Bullock and Sen. Jon Tester even as Republican presidential candidates regularly carry the state. But it looks like their luck may have finally run out, and John Walsh's quick fall hasn't helped matters.

The Daily Show: Democalypse 2016?Co...

The Daily Show: Democalypse 2016?Coif to the Races

Jon Stewart on The Daily Show
It's coif to the races! Last night, Jon Stewart skewered Kentucky Senator Rand Paul for changing his positions heading into the 2016 Presidential race:

Video below!

Indymedia.org

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.

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 Aftermath
Non-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.

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