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ACLU Comment on the Introduction of...

ACLU Comment on the Introduction of the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act, a Federal Bail Reform Bill

U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today introduced the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017. The legislation would take steps toward reforming the injustices of the money bail system that incarcerates people who have not been convicted of a crime because of their inability to pay.

Kanya Bennett, legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, had the following reaction:

New Report from Senators Warren and...

New Report from Senators Warren and Whitehouse: Six Month-Review Gives President Trump A Failing Grade on Pledge to "Drain the Swamp"

As President Trump marks his first six months in office, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today released their "Drain the Swamp Report Card" tracking 193 former lobbyists and corporate insiders who have worked for President Trump since his election, giving the president a failing grade on his pledge to "drain the swamp."

STATEMENT: Tillerson?s Exxon Violat...

STATEMENT: Tillerson?s Exxon Violated Russian Sanctions, Should Step Down

Please see Corporate Accountability International spokesperson Gigi Kellett?s statement below:

BREAKING: ExxonMobil Fined for Viol...

BREAKING: ExxonMobil Fined for Violating Ukraine Sanctions, Greenpeace Response

In response to the United States Treasury Department?s decision to fine ExxonMobil for violating Ukraine-related sanctions, Greenpeace USA Climate Director Kelly Mitchell said,

Trump Administration Sidelines Scie...

Trump Administration Sidelines Science in Its First Six Months in Office

Six months ago today, Donald Trump took the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States. Since then, numerous actions by his administration and its congressional allies have undermined the vital role science plays in policy decisions, according to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Top CEOs Took Home 271 times More T...

Top CEOs Took Home 271 times More Than the Typical Worker in 2016

In CEO pay remains high relative to the pay of typical workers and high-wage earners, EPI President Lawrence Mishel and research assistant Jessica Schieder examine trends in CEO compensation using two comprehensive measures?tracking the value of both stock options realized and stock options granted.

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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...

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Investigations Of Trump Expand Alon...

Investigations Of Trump Expand Along With Speculation That He Will Repeat Saturday Night Massacre

News reports discussed two avenues of investigation being pursued regarding Donald Trump. One of them, his business ties, appears to be of value. The other is of more questionable value–fake news on Facebook. Bloomberg is reporting that Robert Mueller is expanding the investigation into Trump’s business ties: The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between […]
Clinton?s Popularity Continues To D...

Clinton?s Popularity Continues To Decline, Possibly Affecting Democratic Voter Enthusiasm

Democrats lead in the generic Congressional polls, but there are warning signs for Democrats. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that by a 52 to 38 percent margin voters want Democrats to control Congress to be a check on Trump. However, 65 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning adults say they are ?almost certain to vote,? only 57 percent […]
Yes Donald Trump, You Are President...

Yes Donald Trump, You Are President, And Therefore You Do Own Obamacare

In the past Donald Trump claimed that he alone could fix Obamacare. He turned out to have no plan of his own, leaving this to the Republicans in Congress. They did not have a real plan either. Now he says that Obamacare should be repealed and that, “We’re not going to own it. I’m not […]
Over 2000 Civilian Deaths From Trum...

Over 2000 Civilian Deaths From Trump?s Air War In Less Than Six Months

Donald Trump said before he was inaugurated that he would “bomb the shit” out of ISIS. This is one of the few promises he has kept, and the consequence is a marked increase in the number of civilian deaths compared to under Barack Obama. The Daily Beast, in a study conducted with the watchdog organization […]
SciFi Weekend: Jodie Whittaker Cast...

SciFi Weekend: Jodie Whittaker Cast As The 13th Doctor; Game of Thrones Returns; George A. Romero and Martin Landau Die

After fifty-four years there will be a female lead on Doctor Who. Jodie Whittaker shows that glass ceilings can be broken, especially when you have the right woman. News came out earlier in the week  that the identity of the thirteenth doctor would be revealed with a video which featured the number 13: We finally saw […]
Shepard Smith Speaks Out About All ...

Shepard Smith Speaks Out About All The Lies From The Trump Administration

So many lies have come from the Trump administration that even an anchor at Fox is starting to complain about all the lies. Shepard Smith had this to say about the various stories being told about the meeting between Donald Trump, Jr. and Russians when speaking with Chris Wallace: Fox News can now confirm new, more — Donald Trump Jr., […]

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Interview: McCain Fellow Hanoi Hil...

Interview: McCain Fellow Hanoi Hilton POW & Naval Academy Dorm-mate; Why He Won't Vote For McCain

expect four more of the last eight years-- in the Neo Con thinking; the insulated decision making; not listening to the members of the Cabinet; listening to an insulated, closed group of right-wing, politically oriented Neo Conservatives. I would expect him to be bellicose to other countries like Iran, I would expect him, if he took a notion, to launch missiles if something irritated him or something ticked him off.
Venezuela on the Edge of Civil War

Venezuela on the Edge of Civil War

Venezuela is a step closer to civil war after this week's opposition held a "fake referendum" that the corporate Fake News (i.e. mainstream corporate media) hales as a vote of "no confidence" for President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters.
Detecting What Unravels Our Society...

Detecting What Unravels Our Society -- Bottom-up and Top-down

Readers think; thinkers read. That includes learning from the mistakes of societies throughout history that wrongly believed that they were impervious to crumbling from within. In our culture of virtual reality and Twitter-length propaganda, we all too often forget the valuable lessons of past mistakes.
Have a Blessed Military Industrial ...

Have a Blessed Military Industrial Empire!

We can read the history books about the Gilded Age in America (1870s to 1900) and perhaps realize that what we have now is even worse! To sit back and rely on 'blessing' each other or wait for this two party system to come to our aid....
Fracking Around with the Russians

Fracking Around with the Russians

Probing and maneuvering is all part and parcel of what intelligence agencies do when they are dealing with adversaries and very often even with friends. It does not necessarily imply that Moscow was seeking to overthrow American democracy even if it was trying to advance its own interests.
Afghanistan: A Morally Corrupting W...

Afghanistan: A Morally Corrupting War

What is our goal now in Afghanistan, and what is our exit strategy? For the past 16 years, no Defense Secretary provided a clear answer, and now we are asked to gamble again with the lives of our soldiers, with no hope of ever winning this debilitating war, which has now become a war of choice.

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Donald Trump, not the sharpest tool in the shed, sat down for yet another exclusive interview with his nemesis, The New York Times. This should produce a bit of ?real news? today, so go ahead and read the excerpts to soak in the dumbness. Six months in, Trump hasn't passed a single bill of 10 he promised to pass in his first 100 days, not even TreasonCare. Trump can?t make a health care deal because he doesn?t understand health care. Not much Gop legislation is probably a good thing, but that leaves David Waldman and KITM to explore the seamy underbelly of the Trump organization? Irakly ?Ike? Kaveladze is the 8th person to pop out of the Russian collusion meeting tied to Donald Trump Jr., and might be most important in defining what happened. Did wishful thinking and conspiracy sites lead Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort to arrange the meeting? Paul Manafort owed big bucks to pro-Russia interests before he became President Donald Trump?s campaign chairman?then he made (exactly the same number of) big bucks. Then there?s Dana Rohrabacher, who hooked up with Putin before it was cool. Rohrabacher?s aide was tossed under the bus over Russia connections, but that won?t be enough to cover Dana?s tracks to Moscow last year, a secret document he received, his attempt to alter sanctions legislation and to set up a virtual show trial on Capitol Hill. Dana Rohrabacher is dirty? very, very dirty. Banks made billions of student debt disappear with this one weird trick.

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Abbreviated pundit roundup: A const...

Abbreviated pundit roundup: A constitutional crisis in the making

Donald Trump?s comments during an interview this week with The New York Times reveal a president who believes he is above the law and who has no qualms about hinting at the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller. Indeed, as The New York Times reports:

President Trump?s lawyers and aides are scouring the professional and political backgrounds of investigators hired by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, looking for conflicts of interest they could use to discredit the investigation ? or even build a case to fire Mr. Mueller or get some members of his team recused, according to three people with knowledge of the research effort.

Here is The New York Times editorial board on the interview:

In less than an hour on Wednesday afternoon, President Trump found a way to impugn the integrity and threaten the livelihoods of nearly all of the country?s top law enforcement officials, including some he appointed, for one simple reason: They swore an oath to defend the Constitution, not him. 

For a president who sees the rule of law as an annoyance rather than a feature of American democracy, the traitors are everywhere. [...]

In the end, Mr. Trump is concerned with nothing so much as saving his own hide, which means getting rid of the Russia inquiry for good. He previously said this was why he fired Mr. Comey, and it may yet be the undoing of Mr. Sessions, Mr. Rosenstein and Mr. Mueller.

The Boston Herald:

The New York Times interview published yesterday was a scary ? but perhaps not surprising ? look into the mindset of a man who is playing the political game by his own rules ? loyal to no one, other than family perhaps, and unbound by convention.

That is, of course, part of why he was elected in the first place. Many voters found that appealing. But at the six month mark of his presidency the Trump quirkiness has turned to anger and to grievance. Even his most loyal supplicants ? those charged with the grunt work of carrying out the Trump agenda even as he tweets himself into a frenzy ? are suspect.

Open thread for night owls. Lehmann...

Open thread for night owls. Lehmann: 'More Mush from the Taste Police'

Essayist and media critic Chris Lehmann at The Baffler writes?More Mush from the Taste Police:

AMID THE GENERAL COLLAPSE of liberal governance, it remains an unshakable article of faith among our pundit class that liberal sensibilities possess a vicelike stranglehold on our cultural life. This fanciful belief may be, at bottom, a kind of wish-fulfillment fantasy: since political commentators must, as a matter of professional pride, hold that their studiously branded mode of thought leadership sternly guides our republic through its many travails and challenges, the attitudes and taste preferences of our opinion makers are a matter of great political moment.

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It is, at any rate, a cinch that the prescription of first resort for professional prognosticators of our national politics is this peculiar pundit brand of mind-cure. In this backward-spooling cosmology of our public life, the more stubborn and deep-seated challenges of structural reform, painstaking political organizing, and demanding long-term strategizing yield magisterially to the modulations of attitude, taste, and Zeitgeist fealty that the Vox Populi supposedly demands from its pundit class and the allied liberal cognoscenti. The penalty for noncompliance is severe: a land rush of taste monitors will deem you fatally out-of-touch with the tenor of daily life in these United States.

The first noteworthy paradox in the taste-policing racket is that it?s a singularly lucrative and prestigious one?one that frequently elevates its adepts into the very cultural elite they profess to scorn as they deliver their camera-ready talking points. Charles Murray crafted a stupendously useless book from it, David Brooks has made a career of it, and pollsters lovingly dote over it.

The shortcoming of these prim re-education sermons is that even their hypothetical purchase on the public weal is plainly well past the sell-by date. We have, after all, endured a devastating recession, followed in short order by an austerity-driven upward distribution of wealth, and a white-nationalist uprising on the American right, all within the past decade. On what imaginable planet should the question of how and where liberals feed, entertain, and irksomely congratulate themselves for their reading habits be a subject that any sane person gives a shit about?

Yet, there the pointless, tail-chasing sport of liberal-taste-baiting hulks, smack dab in the center of our approved political discourse. A mere fortnight ago, the tirelessly chastising Pastor Brooks took to his New York Times column to relate the harrowing saga of how the less educated yeoman citizens of the working-class republic are menaced by the specter of Italian cold cuts. (Yes, really.) 

And now, in a sort of clickbaity apotheosis of the genre, comes Business Insider columnist Josh Barro, fretting over a point made by National Review editor Rich Lowry, about how liberals never win credibility among the horny-handed sons and daughters of toil because their cultural preferences are so resolutely foppish. As Barro argues, ?Liberal moralizing tends to read as college-educated people in cities arguing that everyone should behave more like them. Usually, that?s the substance of the moralizing, too.?

And this substantive elite moralizing is just about everywhere, by Barro?s account. Meddlesome cultural Stalinists on the left want you to stop eating hamburgers at home, since meat-intensive agribusiness makes climate change worse (and because every pundit on earth has evidently staked out a position on meat sandwiches). They want you to refrain from watching football, since the sport is retrograde, racist, and dangerous. And the worst part is that they?re just getting started! [...]

If you?re condemned, as I am, to engage in the thankless scut work of media criticism, you?ll discover that the damning hyperlinks Barro supplies to document his case against ?a movement? consist of a fashion-glossy advice column, a CNN explainer video, and a pair of click-bait offerings from British dailies. If this is what constitutes a PC police state in the making, then the HGTV channel must be broadcasting wall-to-wall North Korean agitprop. [...]

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At Daily Kos on this date in 2006?Bush and African Americans:

Headline: "Bush laments poor Republican relations with blacks."

"I consider it a tragedy that the party of Abraham Lincoln let go of its historic ties to the African American community," Bush said. "For too long my party wrote off the African American vote and many African Americans wrote off the Republican Party."

Republicans didn't "write off" blacks, they used them as a demonizable prop to bring the Dixiecrat vote into their fold.

And who is Bush to talk, given the disaster he ignored in New Orleans? He could rush to DC on a midnight flight to sign the "let's meddle in the Schiavo family's affairs" bill, but couldn't be bothered to cut his six-week vacation short when Katrina hit.

Abraham Lincoln would be no more a modern-day Republican than Strom Thurmond or Jesse Helms would be modern-day Democrats.

Tennessee judge offering reduced ja...

Tennessee judge offering reduced jail time for drug offenders who agree to be sterilized

You would think this sort of thing had been stamped out, in the futuristic-sounding year of 2017, but apparently we're quite determined to roll back the national clock a few more decades: If you find yourself arrested on drug charges in White County, Tennessee, a judge may reduce your jail time if you agree to have a vasectomy or get a birth control implant so that you do not reproduce.

Judge Benningfield told NewsChannel 5 that he was trying to break a vicious cycle of repeat offenders who constantly come into his courtroom on drug related charges, subsequently can?t afford child support and have trouble finding jobs. [...]

?I understand it won?t be entirely successful but if you reach two or three people, maybe that?s two or three kids not being born under the influence of drugs. I see it as a win, win,? he added.

So if you come into Judge Benningfield's courtroom on drug charges that you can't afford to fight or facing jail time you cannot stomach, you may instead choose to be sterilized so that you cannot have children in the future.

If this sounds to you to be coercive?an offer to get out of an extremely bad situation if you agree to have a medical procedure done on your person?the ACLU agrees with you. The county District Attorney sounds none too happy about it either, so the policy may be reversed rather quickly, now that the national press has gotten wind of it.

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'We will resist by celebrating our culture': Quinceañeras protest Texas's 'show me your papers' law

Wearing sashes reading ?No hate? and ?United Families,? 15 Latina teens protested Texas?s racist ?show me your papers? law in a quinceañera-themed demonstration organized by grassroots group Jolt. Quinceañeras are traditional celebrations marking a young girl?s transition into adulthood. Quinceañeras "are also about uniting community in celebration,? which became the demonstration?s inspiration. ?SB4 makes simply being brown a crime,? said 17-year-old Magadelena Juarez, one of the quinceañeras. ?We will resist by celebrating our families and our culture. We will resist by standing in unity?:

The protest included speeches by several of the girls and a choreographed dance to traditional music, as well as modern hits like the rap song ?Immigrants? by artists K?naan and Snow Tha Product.

After the dance, the women delivered gift baskets to legislators who voted against SB4. They then delivered photos of 16-year-old protester Jennifer Ramirez posing as the statue of liberty to legislators who voted for SB4. During the protest, Ramirez recited the poem ?The New Colossus,? which is engraved on the Statue of Liberty.

?They built the Statue of Liberty for freedom,? Ramirez said. ?For them to write this law, it doesn?t give us that freedom that they supposedly stand for.?

Gov. Greg Abbott?s SB4 is a clear attack on the state?s Latino and immigrant communities, who make up nearly 40 percent of the population. But for some of the quinceañeras, it gets even more personal. ?I am undocumented, and SB4 is a law that is racist and that has a lot of people scared,? Daniela Rojas, another quinceañera, told the Daily Dot. ?It?s important for the community to fight back. It?s important for us to show our cultural heritage and be proud of it.? 

155 protesters arrested defending h...

155 protesters arrested defending health care at Republican Senate offices

Senate Republicans are learning that when you try to take health coverage from tens of millions of people, you get some protests. On Wednesday, 155 people were arrested at Republican senators? offices for seeking to defend health care for all of us:

Police officials said in a statement that officers responded to ?demonstration activity? at 45 separate locations in Senate office buildings beginning about 2:15 p.m. Authorities said demonstrators were warned ?to cease and desist with their unlawful demonstration activities? before police made arrests, the statement said.

Officials reported that the 155 people had been charged with crowding, obstructing, or incommoding. Five demonstrators also were charged with resisting arrest.

These people are not just fighting for their own health coverage, they?re fighting for everyone who is on Medicaid, who has a pre-existing condition, who might need care including the essential health benefits Republicans want to make optional. Everyone who is on an Obamacare plan or has used any of the services Obamacare made insurance companies include in every plan. We owe them gratitude and our own action.

Time to jam the phone lines?Republicans are still planning a vote to repeal Obamacare, and this time without a replacement. Call your senator at (202) 224-3121 and tell them repealing Obamacare is SICK, MEAN and CRUEL. Then, tell us how it went.

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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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'Give It Hell, John': Colleagues Re...

'Give It Hell, John': Colleagues React to McCain Diagnosis

The veteran lawmaker was hailed by President Donald Trump, former President Barack Obama, lawmakers from both parties and longtime friends.
Trump Rages at AG Sessions in New Y...

Trump Rages at AG Sessions in New York Times Interview

Trump told the Times that he never would've appointed Sessions as attorney general had he known he'd recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation.
Six Months In, How's Trump Doing on...

Six Months In, How's Trump Doing on His Promises?

Trump has said his agenda is "doing very well despite the Witch Hunt," his term for the probe into allegations of collusion between his campaign and Russia.
What Happens If John McCain Leaves ...

What Happens If John McCain Leaves the Senate?

Sen. John McCain promised Thursday he'll "be back soon," but there could be big national political implications if he leaves office after his cancer diagnosis.
White House to Name New Communicati...

White House to Name New Communications Director

The Trump administration is expected to announce former Trump transition team member Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director.
Exxon Fined $2M for Tillerson-Era B...

Exxon Fined $2M for Tillerson-Era Breach of Russia Sanctions

Exxon Mobil Corp. showed "reckless disregard" for U.S. sanctions on Russia while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil giant's CEO.

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President's comments raise question...

President's comments raise questions about whether he has thought deeply about his office or duties

Donald Trump is the no-limits President.
WaPo and NYT: Trump legal team tryi...

WaPo and NYT: Trump legal team trying to undercut Mueller

President Donald Trump's legal team is looking at ways to push back against the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Thursday evening.
Trump reshuffling legal team

Trump reshuffling legal team

Mark Corallo has resigned from his position as spokesman and communications strategist for President Donald Trump's legal team, a senior administration official told CNN Thursday night.
World history according to Trump

World history according to Trump

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Trump's DOJ criticism leaves GOP se...

Trump's DOJ criticism leaves GOP senators dismayed

A group of Republican senators criticized President Donald Trump on Thursday, a day after the President rebuked top law enforcement officials in an interview with The New York Times.
Late-night comics poke fun at Trump...

Late-night comics poke fun at Trump comment on Sessions

Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah poke fun at President Trump telling The New York Times that he would not have chosen Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself over matters related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

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