Hollande Called on to Lift Ban on C...

Hollande Called on to Lift Ban on Climate Protests at COP 21

An international coalition of NGOs, civil society groups and political figures such as Naomi Klein and Susan George have called on the French president to lift the ban on protests during the COP 21 climate talks in Paris, which is due to start on the 30 November.

Delays in Cutting Emissions Set to ...

Delays in Cutting Emissions Set to Cost Developing Countries Hundreds of Billions of Dollars More

Developing countries? economies face being crushed under the double burden of climate change adaptation costs of almost $800 billion and more than twice that in economic losses every year by 2050 if pledges to cut emissions are not improved, Oxfam warned today.

In a new report released for COP21: Game-changers in the Paris climate deal, Oxfam sets out seven steps to a Paris deal that will better protect poor people from climate change.

Fossil fuel firms risk wasting $2 t...

Fossil fuel firms risk wasting $2 trillion on uneconomic projects

Fossil fuel companies risk wasting up to $2.2 trillion in the next decade, threatening substantially lower investor returns, by pursuing projects that could be uneconomic in the face of a perfect storm of factors including international action to limit climate change to 2?C and rapid advances in clean technologies, think tank the Carbon Tracker Initiative warns today.

Initial Reaction to U.S. Military I...

Initial Reaction to U.S. Military Investigation into Hospital Attack

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) issued the following statement today by Christopher Stokes, MSF general director, in response to the release of initial findings from a U.S. military investigation into the U.S. airstrike on MSF's hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3:

The World Takes to the Streets Ahea...

The World Takes to the Streets Ahead of Paris Climate Summit

The weekend before the opening of the climate summit in Paris, hundreds of thousands of people are taking to the streets in over 2,000 events spread across 150 countries to demand that negotiating parties keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

EPA Revokes Approval of Dow's 'Enli...

EPA Revokes Approval of Dow's 'Enlist Duo' Herbicide Because of High Toxicity

In response to litigation by conservation groups, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it will revoke approval of the herbicide ?Enlist Duo? after  determining that its combination of chemicals is likely significantly more harmful than initially believed.

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...


Edward Snowden Continues To Bring O...

Edward Snowden Continues To Bring Out Differences Between Civil Libertarians And Advocates Of The Surveillance State

The recent vote by the European Parliament calling on member states to protect whistle blower Edward Snowden from extradition and  prosecution, while largely symbolic, demonstrates how the United States government is conservative by international standards. This was seen again in the past week when, with absolutely no evidence to back them, some in the intelligence […]
Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving. Be thankful that this guy is not currently president:
Donald Trump?s Dangerous Pandering ...

Donald Trump?s Dangerous Pandering To The Far Right

Donald Trump has devolved from businessman and reality show host who often supported Democrats over Republicans to an extreme right winger. He went from criticizing Mitt Romney for being too hard line on immigration in 2012, to taking this issue to new lows this year. Most likely this is because it is what he has […]
Sanders Should Pay As Much Attentio...

Sanders Should Pay As Much Attention To Clinton?s Ties To The Military-Industrial Complex As To Wall Street

There’s been considerable concern, for good reason, about Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street ties, but I don’t think this is the biggest problem to be concerned about should she be elected. I am even more worried about her neoconservative foreign policy views, and being a lackey for the military-industrial complex. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth […]
Clinton?s Weaknesses With Independe...

Clinton?s Weaknesses With Independents & Young Voters Make Bernie A Better Bet In General Election

Recent posts have noted criticism of Clinton from the left for her attacks on Bernie Sanders and single payer health plans, along with repeating neoconservative talking points and citing 9/11 to justify both her hawkish foreign policy views and the level of her contributions from Wall Street. At times she  is campaigning as if she […]
SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who, Face the...

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who, Face the Raven; Jessica Jones; Arrow Flash Crossover; 11/22/63; Lost In Space; New Show From Bays and Thomas

Only four companions had previously died in the long history of Doctor Who, with none in the new series. This changed on Face the Raven with the death of Clara Oswald.  The episode took place on Trap Street, a hidden street in London like something out of Harry Potter, except in this case Maise Williams’ […]


A Waroholic Wishes You Peace on Ear...

A Waroholic Wishes You Peace on Earth

Imagine an alcoholic who managed every night to get ahold of and consume huge quantities of whiskey and who every morning swore that drinking whiskey had been his very last resort, he'd had no choice at all.
Why Turkey Stabbed Russia in the Ba...

Why Turkey Stabbed Russia in the Back

The stakes for Russia couldn't be heavier because by using Turkmen tribals, Turkey is already planted deep inside northern Syria. Expect Russia to substantially increase bombing of Turkmen areas -- way beyond just a reprisal for the killing of the Russian pilot. The bottom line is Turkey and Russia simply cannot be part of the same coalition fighting the Islamic State group because their objectives are diametrically opposed.
Laquan the Palestinian

Laquan the Palestinian

Black lives in America are Palestinian lives in Israel: discounted and expendable. In America, black lives were brought by force and sold as property. In Israel, Palestinian lives had their property stolen from beneath their feet, being told (still today) that they are somehow "foreign" in their own land.
Why The Sharing Economy Is Harming ...

Why The Sharing Economy Is Harming Workers -- And What Must Be Done

Already two-thirds of American workers are living paycheck to paycheck. This trend shifts all economic risks onto workers. A downturn in demand, or sudden change in consumer needs, or a personal injury or sickness, can make it impossible to pay the bills. It eliminates labor protections such as the minimum wage, worker safety, family and medical leave, and overtime.
Word Games: False Premises Fuel Bog...

Word Games: False Premises Fuel Bogus Debate on Bombing Syria

The rush to bomb Syria is a cynical ploy to exploit the murderous tragedy in Paris for the benefit of the Washington-led agenda of regime change in Damascus. Bombing ISIS can help clear the way for the other militant Islamist rebels (including al Qaeda affiliates, now miraculously transformed into "moderates") whom the West and its Saudi allies favor.
Xenophobia, Hypocrisy and Thanksgiv...

Xenophobia, Hypocrisy and Thanksgiving

But terrorism brings politicians together in sickening ways. It's a godsend gift used to attack groups of defenseless people who can't fight back.

Open thread for night owls: Media n...

Open thread for night owls: Media need to call Planned Parenthood attacks what they are: terrorism


Terrorism against abortion clinics, and even Planned Parenthood clinics that do not provide abortions, didn?t start Friday afternoon. Here?s The New York Times today:

Since abortion became legal nationally, with the Supreme Court?s decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973, many abortion clinics and staff members across the country have been subjected to harassment including death and bomb threats, and hundreds of acts of violence including arson, bombings and assaults and eight murders, according to figures compiled by the Naral Pro-Choice America Foundation.

Planned Parenthood?s Colorado Springs center was one of many locations around the county that became the site of large anti-abortion protests over the summer after abortion opponents released surreptitious videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing using fetal organs for research. On Aug. 22, the day of nationwide protests to defund Planned Parenthood, more than 300 people protested outside the clinic here, according to local news reports.

But, several hours after the attack at the Planned Parenthood offices in Colorado Springs that left three dead?including University of Colorado police officer Garrett Swasey, 44, and nine other police officers and civilians injured by the shooter?mainstream media and prominent politicians are not calling the act what it is: an act of terror. The pro-choice organization NARAL has a list of some of the terrorist acts and threats that have been launched against abortion clinics during the past four decades:

A campaign of violence, vandalism, and intimidation is endangering providers and patients and curtailing the availability of abortion services. Since 1993, eight clinic workers ? including four doctors, two clinic employees, a clinic escort, and a security guard ? have been murdered in the United States. Seventeen attempted murders have also occurred since 1991. In fact, opponents of choice have directed more than 6,800 reported acts of violence against abortion providers since 1977, including bombings, arsons, death threats, bioterrorism threats, and assaults, as well as more than 188,000 reported acts of disruption, including bomb threats, hate mail, and harassing calls.

One of the earliest attacks was made against the non-profit Boulder Valley (Colorado) Clinic that 14 others and I co-founded in 1973, still operating today as the Boulder Valley Women?s Health Center. The attacker struck at night with a Molotov Cocktail. But, the building then housing the clinic had been a residence previously and the attackers mistakenly hit the building?s garage. The Fire Department put out the blaze quickly and the clinic itself was unharmed, but the staff and we board members were shaken. Little did we know how much further these forced-birthers would take things.

More than 40 years later, these attacks continue and yet the media and prominent leaders refuse to call them what they are: terrorism meant to intimidate people from working at or being a client at these facilities. Among the encouragers of these terrorists are people who create lying videos about Planned Parenthood selling baby parts and pundits both prominent and obscure who verbally attack abortion clinics every day from their electronic podiums. 

The acts of these encouragers may not be prosecutable but they are nonetheless morally criminal. These cowards need to be called out for the terrorists and terrorist enablers they are.

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Wonder if we will see news media background reports on how #Christian Dominionism is flourishing in Colorado Springs? #PlannedParenthood

? Scott Wooledge (@Clarknt67) November 28, 2015

Blast from the Past

Some amendments are more equal than others:

I'm not going all-in for the message of this Mayors Against Illegal Guns "Terror Gap" thing. But I'm struck by what I'll call the "Hypocrisy Gap" instead.

I don't want to take up too much of your post-holiday time with this, but here's what's bugging me: the wingnuts have happily sold you out on your First Amendment rights, your Fourth Amendment rights, your Fifth Amendment rights, your Sixth Amendment rights, and your Eighth Amendment rights, all in the name of their right to crap their pants in fear over the 1% chance of terrorism.

But the minute someone suggests that maybe some aspect of the amendment that actually has something to do with the ability to kill people could stand some reexamination, suddenly it's time to Live Free or Die again.

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Your 401(k) is no replacement for a...

Your 401(k) is no replacement for a pension

Old man's hand holding several pennies.
Remember how 401(k) accounts were going to be the key to the Ownership Society? We'd all be magically rich because our money would be in the stock market, not stuck in some boring pension. About that: New data show that in 2014, distributions from 401(k)s and similar accounts (including Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA), which are mostly rolled over from 401(k)s) came to less than $1,000 per year per person aged 65 and older. On the other hand, seniors received nearly $6,000 annually on average from traditional pensions. Pension benefits and retirement account distributions are both concentrated among upper income seniors, but far more seniors rely on pensions as a significant source of retirement income. Which looks like this:
Bar graph showing that basically no one has a 401(k) large enough to generate meaningful income.
Your 401(k) (or your parents') had better be big enough to live on the account itself for as long as you (or they) plan to live, because unless you're Mitt Romney or someone, you're not getting much income from it.

Think about these numbers and think about how many people you know whose jobs offer pensions as compared to 401(k)s (as compared to no retirement program at all). Think about how many people you know who are going to be completely screwed at this rate. We're not on track for an ownership society, we're on track for an elder-poverty society.

At least 3 dead, 9 injured in Color...

At least 3 dead, 9 injured in Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting; suspect in custody

The latest known information on the shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado:

At approximately 11:38am local time, Colorado Springs officers responded to reports of a shooter at the Planned Parenthood offices on Centennial Boulevard. At least three officers were wounded by the gunman as they responded to the scene. The suspect continued to fire at officers from a position inside the Planned Parenthood clinic during the resulting five-hour standoff.

The suspect surrendered at 4:52pm local time after responding to vocal orders from police inside the building; he is now in custody. Nine victims were transported to local hospitals and are in ?good condition at this time.?

Police spokesperson Lt. Catherine Buckley has confirmed that two civilians have died at the scene. A University of Colorado at Colorado Springs officer who responded to the call for assistance has also died; three Colorado Springs police officers were also injured, as well as one El Paso County deputy sheriff.

A Planned Parenthood official now says she believes all staff and patients are now accounted for and that none were severely injured.

The gunman brought additional "items" with him to the clinic; those items are being treated as possible explosives, requiring extra caution as officers work to secure the scene. Police are now shuttling the employees and patrons of nearby businesses trapped in those businesses since noon under shelter-in-place orders back out of the area.

Where have all the homeless vets in...

Where have all the homeless vets in Virginia gone?

Who could have predicted that housing homeless veterans could end homelessness for that group?

Virginia has become the first state in the U.S. to be certified as effectively ending homelessness among military veterans.

By incorporating the principles of Housing First throughout the commonwealth, and providing support services to help veterans maintain stability, 1,432 homeless veterans have been housed since October 2014.

The state?s governor, Terry McAuliffe, announced in a ceremony last week that there is more permanent housing for any other veterans who may be found to be in need, and officials are moving to address homelessness in the general public next.

Cities have reached the state of housing all homeless vets before?New Orleans being the most publicized?but never before has a whole state managed the feat. And McAuliffe vows to tackle homelessness in the general state population next. Could Virginia be the first state to eradicate it?

The really amazing thing about the principles behind Housing First that were applied in Virginia is that they were devised by conservatives in one of the most conservative states in the nation?Utah. Mother Jones published a terrific in-depth look at the Utah program earlier this year that is well worth a read. We can only hope other states get the clue.

UPDATE: 2 dead, 9 injured in Colora...

UPDATE: 2 dead, 9 injured in Colorado Springs shooting at Planned Parenthood; suspect in custody

Updated information on the shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado:

At approximately 11:38am local time, Colorado Springs officers responded to reports of a shooter near or at the Planned Parenthood offices on Centennial Boulevard. At least three officers were wounded by the gunman as they responded to the scene. There are an unknown number of additional injuries. The suspect, described as a white man in a long coat carrying a long gun, continued to fire at officers from a position inside the Planned Parenthood clinic during a five-hour standoff.

Police have confirmed the suspect surrendered at 4:52pm and is now in custody. Eleven victims were transported to local hospitals before the suspect's surrender, including five police officers; there is no word yet on additional injuries or fatalities at the scene.

The gunman opened fire inside or in front of the Planned Parenthood building; previous rumors that gunfire started at a nearby bank are, according to a police spokesperson, incorrect. The gunman brought additional "items" with him to the clinic; those items are being treated as possible explosives.

Officers are still working to secure the scene room-by-room and to move those that have remained in nearby businesses during the shelter-in-place order to safety.

Update: by Meteor Blades: 

Colorado Springs Gazette:

Multiple news outlets are reporting fatalities in Friday's shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood building. Gazette news partner KKTV reports that a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs officer was killed; 9News in Denver reported that one officer and one civilian are dead. 


Statement by University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak:

We at UCCS are saddened by the tragic events today at the offices of Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, about 10 minutes southwest of campus.

The UCCS police officer responded in support of CSPD to the active shooter situation at about 11:50 a.m. Friday.

He was on duty at the campus and responded in support of an officer under fire.

UCCS officers continue to work in support of the Colorado Springs Police Department at the shooting scene.

Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 · 1:45:30 AM +00:00 · Hunter

Planned Parenthood says they believe all clinic staff and patients are accounted for and that none are ?severely injured?.

Standoff continues at Colorado Spri...

Standoff continues at Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic

Updates on the ongoing standoff at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood office:

Just before noon today, Colorado Springs officers responded to reports of a shooter near or at the Planned Parenthood offices on Centennial Boulevard. At least three officers were wounded by the gunman during an initial exchange of fire; their conditions are not known.

The gunman, reported to be a white man carrying a long gun, is still inside the Planned Parenthood building. There are an unknown number of civilian casualties.

Police have established a very large perimeter around the clinic, and employees and patrons of local businesses continue to "shelter in place". At least one additional officer was wounded after an exchange of gunfire about two and a half hours into the standoff. Police tactical vehicles have been ferrying some victims to waiting ambulances; a long line of ambulances continues to stand by.

There are no indications yet of the gunman's motives or whether the shooting began inside or outside the building. We'll continue to post updates as reliable information comes becomes available.

Friday, Nov 27, 2015 · 2:55:16 PM PST · Meteor Blades

Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, the statewide affiliate, has issued this statement:

"We don't know yet the full circumstances and motives behind this criminal action, and we don't yet know if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack," the agency said. "We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country. We will never back away from providing care in a safe, supportive environment that millions of people rely on and trust."

Meteor Blades at 3:03:

Press conference coming momentarily at this site.

Friday, Nov 27, 2015 · 3:14:06 PM PST · Hunter

From police spokesperson Lt. Catherine Buckley, currently holding a press conference:

Police are 'in contact with' a suspect inside the building; this appears only to mean that he "has shot at our officers", but officers have not made "voice contact." Police teams have evacuated numerous people from within the Planned Parenthood building itself. The number of casualties remains unknown. An additional complication is that the suspect brought several "items" with him into the clinic and outside; those must be checked to verify they are not explosive devices.

Lt. Buckley clarifies that the shooting started at the Planned Parenthood building, not at nearby bank. Some victims from the Planned Parenthood building had originally fled to that bank.

Shelter in place continues for all nearby businesses, but "the situation is contained" within the Planned Parenthood building.

Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 · 12:01:20 AM +00:00 · Hunter

According to CBS, suspect has surrendered and is now in custody.

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 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 ]
Global Warming impacts escalate as ...


Ben Carson Travels to Jordan to Vis...

Ben Carson Travels to Jordan to Visit Syrian Refugees

The visit comes days after the Republican presidential candidate made a controversial comparison between refugees and dogs.
White House Fence Jumper to Face Cr...

White House Fence Jumper to Face Criminal Charges

The secret service is investigating a man identified as Joseph Caputo after he jumped over the White House fence draped in an American flag.
Donald Trump Appears to Mock Disabl...

Donald Trump Appears to Mock Disabled Reporter

Defending his 9/11 celebration claims, the presidential hopeful appeared to mock journalist Serge Kovaleski's chronic joint condition.
Ben Carson to Visit Syrian Refugees...

Ben Carson to Visit Syrian Refugees in Jordan

The retired neurosurgeon will visit a refugee camp in northern Jordan. He has come under scrutiny recently over his knowledge of foreign policy.
Donald Trump Slammed After Mocking ...

Donald Trump Slammed After Mocking Disabled Reporter

Trump appeared to imitate Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis.
Rubios Talk Family, Football & Camp...

Rubios Talk Family, Football & Campaign Trail Sacrifices

Marco and Jeanette Rubio open up about making a presidential campaign work with four kids and critical Sunday football watching needs.


Watch: Shooting timeline

Watch: Shooting timeline

A University of Colorado police officer was killed after a gunman opened fire inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Shots fired for hours at Planned Pa...

Shots fired for hours at Planned Parenthood clinic

Miss World contestant barred

Miss World contestant barred

Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin says she was denied entry to China for the Miss World competition because she practices Falun Gong. CNN's Michael Holmes reports.
Chicago protesters hit luxury area

Chicago protesters hit luxury area

Chicago will continue its steady boil on Friday when protesters will march on its luxury corridor during a major shopping holiday and press their outrage over an officer's killing of teenager Laquan McDonald.
New front line against ISIS

New front line against ISIS

An 11-year-old at the back of the class raises his hand and proudly delivers an answer to the teacher's question: "If you murder one person, it's as if you killed all humanity."
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Snape: Good guy or bad guy?

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