In May 2010, all 189 signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – including Iran – tacitly agreed to a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East and called for a conference in 2012 in Finland. But Israel has refused to support a nuclear weapons-free zone for the region, reluctant to give up its own. Israel [...]
Archive for January 27th, 2012
Leaked data: Palm biodiesel as dirty as fuel from tar sands There are good biofuels and bad biofuels and the worst are as filthy as the foulest fossil fuels. But the good biofuels are essential to tackling climate change
Workers unload oil palm fruit in Kertajaya, Banten Province, Indonesia. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty Images There are good biofuels and bad biofuels: the trick is telling one from the other. That’s particularly difficult when trying to take account of the natural forests and wetlands that can destroyed in the drive to grow some biofuel crops. But we’re [...]
World Economic Forum’s heavy hitters fail to grasp the nettle Davos 2012 may have been dominated by Europe, jobs and equality, but solutions were notable by their absence
The assembled brainpower at the 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos failed to see the real threats on the big themes that dominated the meeting. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA Larry Elliott, economics editor guardian.co.uk, Friday 27 January 2012 19.51 GMT Article history Three big themes have dominated this year’s Davos: Europe, jobs and inequality. While it would be comforting [...]
KAM Workshops (CC-BY-SA) This article concerns what happens when you have taken in the capitalist delusion, hook, line and sinker. You develop a complete trust in the fact that the only way out is to take orders from above. It is a lot like what you could a Good King Wenceslas syndrome. All we need [...]
US to Reestablish Military Presence in Philippines The move is part of a broader imperial plan to counter China’s influence in Asia-Pacific
US to Reestablish Military Presence in Philippines The move is part of a broader imperial plan to counter China‘s influence in Asia-Pacific by John Glaser, January 26, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum The U.S. is in talks with the government of the Philippines about re-establishing a military presence in the country about two decades after the [...]
Dealing with a legal drug: Alcohol and me: 10 years sober Andy Mayer has been clear of alcohol for 10 years
Giving up alcohol is hard without the help of loved ones, and organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA ‘For 40 years I’ve planned booze into my diary, making sure it would be there before, after and usually during any significant event. Only very rarely have I excluded it.’ Andy Mayer, The Guardian, 20.10.01. When [...]
Noam Chomsky “Remembering Howard Zinn The historian and activist dedicated his life to “the countless small actions of unknown people”.
Howard Zinn dedicated his life to decency, democracy and civil disobedience; to grassroots movements and ‘unknown people’ [GALLO/GETTY] Editor’s note: Today, January 27, is the second anniversary of the death of Howard Zinn. An active participant in the Civil Rights movement, he was dismissed in 1963 from his position as a tenured professor at Spelman College in [...]
A protester holds a Palestinian flag next to extreme right wing Jewish settlers during a weekly protest in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Dec. 30, 2011. (Reuters/Ammar Awad) BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO meetings with Israeli envoys have not been able to restart negotiations, a Palestinian presidential spokesman said Friday, after Israel said [...]
Dalia Hashad – Avaaz.org email@example.com 11:17 PM (47 minutes ago) to me Dear friends, A new global treaty could allow corporations to police everything that we do on the Internet. Last week 3 million of us successfully pushed back the US censorship bills – if we act now, we can get the EU Parliament to [...]
Conservative fantasies on the miracles of market When technological advancement often comes from the private sector, its core technologies are government-funded (read “funded by the people).
The iPhone wouldn’t exist without all that government R&D that created computers and the internet [GALLO/GETTY] Austin, TX - A central doctrine of evangelicals for the “free market” is its capacity for innovation: New ideas, new technologies, new gadgets – all flow not from governments, but from individuals and businesses, allowed to flourish in the market, we [...]
Will inequality finally top the agenda at Davos? The problem of inequality has finally been thrust into the spotlight as the global elite convene in Switzerland.
It is very important to realise that the capitalist system runs on inequality and the oppression and dispossession of the vast mass of the people. Through this process the assets and wealth created by the people are simply diverted to the pockets and the bank accounts of the elites. To secure this result the propaganda [...]
State of the Union: Will the US be saved by its military? Obama’s praise for the American military complex is misleading and potentially dangerous, writes the author.
“A State of the Union address, with the entire military leadership staring at you from the floor of the Congress, is not the easiest place for a President to speak truth to power,” writes LeVine [GALLO/GETTY] Irvine, CA - How do you judge a State of the Union speech that begins with a lie? There was any number [...]
Israeli Finance Minister Pushes Naval, Aerial Blockade of Iran ‘No One Can Go Out’ Insists Steinitz by Jason Ditz it doesn’t go nearly far enough.
Kenneth Roth, executive director Follow on twitter @kenroth © 2010 Sarah Shatz World Report 2012 By Kenneth RothThe sad truth is that the dominant Western policy toward the Arab people traditionally has been one of containment. Today many applaud as the people of the region take to the streets to claim their [...]
Download The World Report 2012 [PDF, 4 MB] This 22nd annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide in 2011. It reflects extensive investigative work that Human Rights Watchstaff has undertaken during the year, often in close partnership with domestic human rights activists.The introductory essay examines the [...]
Christian Parenti, Big Storms Require Big Government Posted by Christian Parenti at 9:11am, January 26, 2012. At some basic level, climate change shouldn’t be hard to grasp. Fossil-fuel burning — the essence of our civilization since the industrial revolution — dumps prodigious amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) [...]
Asian, European and Latin American fleets havedevastated fish stocks in the southern Pacific, once among the world’s richest waters, a new investigation by the Center’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has found. Governments with the power to stop the plunder have stalled for years, and no binding rules are in place. The result: stocks of [...]