WikiLeaks Publication of Complete,...

WikiLeaks Publication of Complete, Final TPP Intellectual Property Text Confirms Pact Would Raise Costs, Put Medicines Out of Reach

WikiLeaks? publication today of the final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Intellectual Property chapter text verifies that the pact would harm public health by blocking patient access to lifesaving medicines, Public Citizen said today. The latest leak of a secret TPP text reveals how the TPP would roll back the ?May 10 Agreement? reforms brokered in 2007 between Democratic congressional leaders and the George W. Bush administration.

TPP Treaty: Intellectual Property R...

TPP Treaty: Intellectual Property Rights Chapter - 5 October 2015

Today, 9 October, 2015 WikiLeaks releases the final negotiated text for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP encompasses 12 nations representing more than 40 per cent of global GDP. Despite a final agreement, the text is still being withheld from the public, notably until after the Canadian election on October 19.

The document is dated four days ago, October 5th, or last Monday, the same day it was announced in Atlanta, Georgia that the 12 member states to the treaty had reached an accord after five and a half years of negotiations.

BREAKING: Wikileaks Releases Final ...

BREAKING: Wikileaks Releases Final Negotiated Text of TPP Intellectual Property Chapter Exposing Grave Threat to Internet Freedom, Free Speech, Access to Medicine

This morning, Wikileaks released the final negotiated text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ?Intellectual Property? chapter, confirming advocates warnings that the deal contains extreme copyright provisions and monopoly protections for large pharmaceutical companies that threaten online freedom of speech and affordable access to medicine.

National Day of Action Demanding Mo...

National Day of Action Demanding Morgan Stanley Drop Coal Financing

Last week, Rainforest Action Network launched a global campaign to pressure Morgan Stanley to stop cashing in on coal. This Friday, activists will rally outside of Morgan Stanley branches in 9 major cities asking the bank to stop investing in the coal industry. Earlier this week Citigroup announced cuts in coal financing after major pressure from RAN for months.

Who: Rainforest Action Network, climate movement activists, grassroots community members

What: National Day of Action Against Morgan Stanley

When: Friday, October 9, 2015

Bangladesh, South Sudan join CPJ's ...

Bangladesh, South Sudan join CPJ's Global Impunity Index

The ambush of a convoy in South Sudan and the hacking deaths of bloggers in Bangladesh propelled the two nations onto the Committee to Protect Journalists' Global Impunity Index of countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go unpunished.

Groups Demand Answers from State De...

Groups Demand Answers from State Department on Human Trafficking Report

With the support of human rights, labor, faith, trade and democracy reform organizations, Friends of the Earth filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding the expedited release of all communications by the State Department over the last two years concerning Malaysia?s tier ranking in the recently released 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report.

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...


Republicans In Political Chaos, Cli...

Republicans In Political Chaos, Clinton ?Covering Up Some Shaddy Shit?, And Sanders? Unconventional Debate Preparation

Both political parties are facing a fight against the party establishment in their presidential campaigns, with the Republican battle extending to Congress. Unfortunately the insurgents on the Republican side are the extremists who, while right in finding fault in the establishment, seek to paralyze the political system rather than improve it. Kevin McCarthy dropped out […]
Sanders Gets First Congressional En...

Sanders Gets First Congressional Endorsement And Continues To Show He Makes A Strong General Election Candidate

When Hillary Clinton was thought to be the inevitable Democratic nominee, she received a tremendous number of endorsements from office holders. Bernie Sanders is receiving his first endorsement from a member of Congress, Raul Grijalva of Arizona. As an outsider, Sanders is not expected to match Clinton in terms of insider endorsements, and this year […]
How Negative Will Clinton Go Agains...

How Negative Will Clinton Go Against Sanders and Biden?

Considering how dirty her 2008 campaign was against Obama, there has been speculation as to how negative Hillary Clinton will get against Bernie Sanders, and against Joe Biden if he decides to run. The New York Times notes that Clinton must be cautious in debating Sanders: Over the next week, Mrs. Clinton and her aides […]
Bernie Sanders Doing Better Than Cl...

Bernie Sanders Doing Better Than Clinton Against Republicans In New Hampshire And Iowa

Hillary Clinton has been doing poorly in the battle ground states and among independents, while Bernie Sanders has been doing unexpectedly well. The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls of Iowa and New Hampshire show Sanders doing better than Clinton in head to head match-ups against Republican candidates: In Iowa, Republican Jeb Bush leads Clinton […]
SciFi Weekend: Continuum; Doctor Wh...

SciFi Weekend: Continuum; Doctor Who; Agents of SHIELD; X-Files; Orphan Black; Jennifer Lawrence on Donald Trump; Hillary Clinton on SNL

Zero Hour, the fourth episode of the final season of Continuum, was by far the most significant episode so far this season. After my teasers last week, I will go ahead with a more detailed discussion now that it has aired in the United States. The episode answered some questions going back to the first […]
Sanders Joins Obama In Opposing Cli...

Sanders Joins Obama In Opposing Clinton?s Hawkish Views On Syria

While economics have so far dominated the campaign, I feel that the number one reason to nominate Bernie Sanders and not Hillary Clinton is to prevent a return to the foreign policy of George Bush and get us involved in further foolish military intervention. Clinton has a long history of irrational hawkishness. This includes pushing […]


Criticism of CNN's Democratic Debat...

Criticism of CNN's Democratic Debate Panel

asking CNN to include a progressive journalist on its panel of questioners at Tuesday's Democratic debate. CNN included conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt as one of three panelists who questioned Republican presidential candidates in last month's debate at the Reagan Library. They should include a progressive journalist for the Democratic primary debate.
In UN of Appearances Latin American...

In UN of Appearances Latin Americans Don't Call for Nuremberg Prosecution - In 2009 Gaddafi Did

Though Argentina Bolivia Cuba Ecuador Venezuela and Nicaragua condemned US wars and murderous exploitation during this year's UN Gen. Debate, they as other delegates, lamented the current deplorable condition of today's world of death and destruction, of poverty and starvation calling for everyone to work to rectify the situation. No delegate even once called for justice through prosecution. Gadaffi UN speech quoted.
Nobel Peace Prize for Peace

Nobel Peace Prize for Peace

The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday morning to "the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011." The Nobel Committee's statement goes on to actually cite Nobel's will, which Nobel Peace Prize Watch ( and other advocates have been insisting be followed.
An Open Application for the Positio...

An Open Application for the Position of Speaker of the House

Since membership in the U.S. House of Representatives is not required to serve as its Speaker, herewith is an application for the post, from someone who can actually Speak in good, colloquial, English. That can only be a vast improvement on the abilities of the most recent candidate for that vital post, who has since withdrawn from the race to serve as House Speaker, whose candidacy was truly From Hungaria, his new nation.
Listen to Syrians: The Media Jackal...

Listen to Syrians: The Media Jackals and the People's Narrative

The tragedy in Syria is that the war fought in the name of the Syrian people has little to do with the rights of the Syrian people; and the voices of Syrians are either entirely neglected or used and manipulated to achieve specific political ends. And when it is all said and done, the media jackals are likely to fan the flame of some other conflict in some other place.
The Billionaire Hypocrisy of Helpin...

The Billionaire Hypocrisy of Helping the Poor

If the richest in the US really want to help uplift the most impoverished regions around our own country, they could certainly do it. The business magnates who have made billions from our trade deals can stop outsourcing jobs. They can start reopening factories and build new manufacturing facilities right here in the United States.

Are the Republican front-runners pu...

Are the Republican front-runners pure enough for conservatism? Let's watch.

Republican U.S. presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson (L) and businessman Donald Trump talk during a commercial break at the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidentia
No experience necessary. Will train.
Hey, have you noticed that the leading Republican presidential candidates, the ones that have never held elected office and have no particular qualifications for the job, don't seem to actually toe the party line on the conservative issues their voters supposedly care about? Because the supposedly deeply conservative Republican base hasn't figured that out yet, and it's beginning to peeve the other candidates mightily. Donald Trump and Ben Carson collectively are capturing 40 percent of poll respondents? support. But issue by issue, both fall short on positions that test how conservative they are. Trump likes to talk about universal health care. Carson has been leery of gun ownership for city dwellers. Both are late-comers to the anti-abortion cause.

Their opponents so far have ignored these ideological hiccups. But that is beginning to change. Rival campaigns are complaining publicly and privately that the two front-runners are, at best, new to the issues party activists care about most, and their activist supporters are starting to needle Trump and Carson on questions of orthodoxy to GOP principles.

It must be maddening to have spent a decade or two polishing your conservative credentials on every last sub-issue, crossing your t's and dotting your i's so that none of the seemingly infinite number of conservative interest groups can give you a bad score on their pet issue, sucking up to the NRA at every turn, putting out statement after statement about how you'll never, ever compromise with the bad Not Conservatives who might want to do Not Conservative things, weaving your way through primary challenges from party members who even then think you're far too liberal for their taste?and then it turns out that any idiot can just waltz in and claim to be just as conservative as you and the voters, as it turns out, really don't give nearly as much of a damn as you thought they did.

A Republican president who himself did fetal tissue research? No problem! A pompous richer-than-thou blowhard from New York City, that most hated and non-heartlandy of liberal cities? Well, he does say the right things about immigrants, and isn't that more important than all his other supposed "beliefs" combined?

So yeah, the knives are out for Trump and Carson, or will be soon. Will it help? It's hard to say, but it should be fun to watch. Both of them know exactly what to say in order to convince conservative voters that they're true believers, but neither of them has enough control of their word-holes to necessarily pull it off.

Senate Democrats renew push for com...

Senate Democrats renew push for common sense gun laws

Senate Democrats speak about their renewed push for gun control legislation. 10/08/2015
Lost in the usual House Republican drama-laced freakshow Thursday was a stunning display of unity among Senate Democrats to renew their push for sane gun regulations. Senate Democrats unveiled plans on Thursday for gun control reforms that include closing background check loopholes, expanding the background check database, and tightening regulations on illegal gun purchases.

The push is being led by Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., who on Wednesday sent a letter to their Senate colleagues outlining the proposals. During the press conference the lawmakers recounted deadly mass shootings across the nation over the past several years and stressed that personal conversations with the victims' relatives and friends helped underscore the need for "sensible gun reform legislation".

Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, said he was moved to support the plan when his daughters asked him "what are you going to do to stop this." Warner said he was also moved by the pleas of Andy Parker, the father of Alison Parker, the news reporter who, along with a colleague, was shot and killed on air in August.

The proposals are not radical: strengthening the background check system and making it universal; shutting down straw purchases, where a someone buys a gun for another person who is barred from getting one; banning people convicted in domestic abuse from purchasing guns. It includes a version of an earlier proposal to expand background checks put forward by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) following the Sandy Hook massacre. That legislation was filibustered by Republicans.

Senators across the Democratic spectrum?from Joe Manchin (WV) to Bernie Sanders?spoke out on Thursday in support of sane laws to stop mass killings. On MSNBC Thursday, Manchin said that "it makes sense now." "If we're going to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners, then we've got to stand up as law-abiding gun owners."

Why doesn't Paul Ryan want to be Sp...

Why doesn't Paul Ryan want to be Speaker? Say pal, 'Because he's not a f**king moron'

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) wipes away tears during his remarks at a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring members of the First Special Service Force at the U.S. Capitol in Washington February 3, 2015. The
House Republicans met Friday morning to see what other crises they can create for national government while trying to find anyone that can get enough votes to become Speaker of the House. They did not find their new Speaker, but all eyes are still on Rep. Paul Ryan, and as of this morning, Ryan is still apparently not interested, and has good reason. The former 2012 vice-presidential candidate isn't much more conservative that McCarthy, but he's arguably the one Republican with the national stature to overcome the reflexive insurrection from the right. So far, no good. "While I am grateful for the encouragement I've received, I will not be a candidate," the Wisconsin Republican said in a statement on Thursday.

Why not? A Ryan pal offered this explanation to me: "Because he's not a f---ing moron." Translation: Ryan has a real future. No speaker has ever been elected president (Since James Polk in the 1840s, anyway)?and no speaker dragged into ugly budget crises by his strife-stricken party is ever, ever going to be.

The pressure on him is still relentless and all reports say he's "getting bombarded with calls and one-on-one appeals from GOP lawmakers, urging him to be the party's white knight." Ryan cancelled all of his fundraisers for the next 48 hours, as well as a Ways and Means Committee hearing Friday morning.

Ryan might be the favorite, but there are still plenty who think they can do the job. "Georgia Republican Lynn Westmoreland and Texas Reps. Mike Conaway and Bill Flores are among the names that have been floated. Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) also are continuing their bids for the speakership." Rep. Darrel Issa, the guy who screwed up the initial Benghazi "investigations" so badly he got it taken away from him and frozen out of it, briefly offered himself, but on Friday morning after the conference meeting backed off, saying he was part of the Ryan recruitment team.

Meanwhile, the wacky fun of this continues.

Jon Huntsman floats Joe Lieberman as speaker on Morning Joe during segment on "No Labels."

? Luke Brinker (@LukeBrinker) October 9, 2015

Good to see "Morning Joe" staying relevant in the midst of such a big story. Of course, not everyone thinks it's a big story. According to presidential candidate Chris Christie, "nobody in America cares" who is Speaker, the person second-in-line to the president.

Cartoon: Gun logic

Cartoon: Gun logic

Now that the United States is nearing the point of one mass shooting incident per day and there are more than enough firearms to give every single person in the country a gun, let?s look a little deeper into the gun lobby?s bumper sticker solutions. Better yet, let?s apply NRA-style solutions to everything!

If we don?t need laws since only law-abiding people obey them, why do we need laws at all? Gasp, it?s true, laws will only be abided by the law-abiding. Ah, language can be such fun when you are arguing with the irrational gun-peddlers of the NRA. This would of course all be much more fun if people weren?t dying on a regular basis in our nation awash in bigger and badder weapons.

But our Founding Fathers! They were so absolute about guns that they wrote the clear-as-mud Second Amendment. Never mind the fact that both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were part of the crew who banned guns on the campus of the University of Virginia. Those two must not have truly understood the originalist meaning of the very amendment they were involved in writing, poor misguided Fathers. Enjoy the cartoon, and stay safe!

Anti-abortion groups approve member...

Anti-abortion groups approve members on Planned Parenthood committee, but it's not about politics

Planned Parenthood Federation president Cecile Richards testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Capitol Hill in Washington September 29, 2015.   REUTERS/Gary Cameron  - RTS2AD2
Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards testifies at congressional hearing
The Republicans insist that the select committee they've created to investigate Planned Parenthood will be not be political. At all. Just like the Benghazi Committee (cough, cough). Amid those protestations, here's what they're really doing. But lawmakers and aides on both sides of the aisle are raising eyebrows at the optics of GOP leaders soliciting buy-in from outside groups as they make decisions about which members will sit on the special committee.

The original plan was to convene a subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee to investigate the women?s health organization and abortion provider, which is under fire after secret film footage seemed to implicate Planned Parenthood officials with illegally selling fetal tissues, a charge the group denied. [?]

Outside advocates and leaders in the anti-abortion community urged Republican leaders to expand the committee to lawmakers outside Energy and Commerce to include more stalwarts of their movement. GOP leadership agreed and has also listened to outside advice on exactly whom to appoint.

Speaker John A. Boehner will make the appointments, but Tom McClusky, the vice president of government affairs for the March for Life Education and Action Fund, said he has also spoken with representatives from the offices of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who "welcomed" feedback.

Of course. For the record, Penny Nance, the president and CEO of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, approves of Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) as the chair and "urged appointments for Republican Reps. Joe Pitts of Texas, Christopher H. Smith of New Jersey, Diane Black of Tennessee, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, Vicki Hartzler of Missouri and Andy Harris of Maryland." So check the final committee membership when it's finalized, just to see how the CWA's involvement totally did not help politicize the committee.

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Morning Digest: With his speakershi...

Morning Digest: With his speakership hopes dashed, Kevin McCarthy mopes back to Bakersfield

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), flanked by his wife Judy (L), explains his decision to pull out of a Republican caucus secret ballot vote to determine the nominee to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 8, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTS3LZW
Not Speaker Kevin McCarthy
Leading Off:

? CA-23: On Thursday, Speaker-in-Waiting Kevin McCarthy pulled the plug on his bid to become Speaker-for-Real. McCarthy quickly announced that he would not be resigning from the House and would stay on as majority leader. McCarthy's Bakersfield seat is safely red and no notable Republicans have ever tried to challenge him, and that's unlikely to change even after this debacle.

Of course, it's always possible that McCarthy changes his mind and exits the House a bit earlier than planned. It's probably not going to be fun for McCarthy to try and enforce order among his chaotic caucus when he knows that his path to becoming speaker has been blocked by his own loose lips. It's also possible that McCarthy will find he can't do his job as majority leader as well now that he's embarrassed himself so badly, and that he'll leave the House for greener pastures.

McCarthy tells reporter Robert Costa that he'll seek re-election to the House. But this is a very crazy situation with very little modern precedent, and it's possible McCarthy will change his mind once some time has passed. In any case, if McCarthy decides to tell the House "screw you guys, I'm going home," there will be no shortage of Bakersfield-area Republicans eyeing his seat.

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 ...


Trump: Mental Illness, Not Guns, To...

Trump: Mental Illness, Not Guns, To Blame For America's Mass Shooting Problem

In the aftermath of the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon, Donald Trump tells Chuck Todd that mental illness and copycats may be to blame for mass violence in the U.S.
Jason Chaffetz to Launch Bid for Ho...

Jason Chaffetz to Launch Bid for House Speaker

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will launch a run for speaker of the House, NBC News confirms.
What Bush Was Talking About When He...

What Bush Was Talking About When He Said 'Stuff Happens'

Jeb Bush said calls for sweeping government rules and regulation often follow tragedies like the mass shooting this week in Oregon.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan to ...

Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Step Down

The president will hold a press conference at 3:30pm ET Friday to make the personnel announcement.
Obama Assures Press Pope's Jokes 'W...

Obama Assures Press Pope's Jokes 'Were All Clean'

President Obama reflects on Pope Francis' visit to Washington, D.C.
Obama Assures Press Pope's Jokes 'W...

Obama Assures Press Pope's Jokes 'Were All Clean'

President Obama reflects on Pope Francis' visit to Washington, D.C.


The week in 32 photos

The week in 32 photos

Obama's change crusade hits reality

Obama's change crusade hits reality

Nowhere is the gulf between Barack Obama's once intoxicating calls for change and entrenched political reality wider than on gun control.
Routine? Not for these Americans

Routine? Not for these Americans

Does photo show outlaw with his kil...

Does photo show outlaw with his killer?

A Houston forensic artist says she's sure an old tintype owned by a Washington state family is that of Jesse James and his eventual killer, Robert Ford.
11,000-year-old beast found

11,000-year-old beast found

A Michigan farmer was digging in a field when he discovered the bones of an 11,000-year-old wooly mammoth.
Aid workers killed in air attack

Aid workers killed in air attack

Three staff members of medical aid charity Doctors Without Borders were killed and more than 30 people were unaccounted for after a trauma center was hit by aerial bombing early Saturday in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the charity said in a statement.

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