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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.Tweet of the Day Blast from the Past
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Planned Parenthood says they believe all clinic staff and patients are accounted for and that none are ?severely injured?.
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.
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."
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Press conference coming momentarily at this site.
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.
According to CBS, suspect has surrendered and is now in custody.
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 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
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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
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.
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Climate Negotiations are over for another year with little progress in Doha by any one's measure as the scientific statements on climate change and the impacts we are already feeling as evidenced in record Arctic melting, and extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines, and Cyclone Evan in the South Pacific are growing much stronger.
Some of the latest scientific research shows:Sea Level rising 60% faster than IPCC projectionsMethane and CO2 in thawing Arctic permafrost a climate tipping pointCollapse of Siberia's Coastline is Releasing Huge Amounts of CO2Greenland Ice sheet suffers unprecedented surface meltIndian Monsoon more likely to fail as global warming acceleratesSouthern Ocean warming impact on Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability and sea level rise
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