Peter Bienart: Don't Sanitize Nelson Mandela: He's Honored Now, But Was Hated Then
Full story: The Daily Beast
Schulz on the death on Nelson Mandela: "South Africa today loses its father, the world loses a hero"
Published Dec 5, 2013 - 2:31:23 PM
South Africa today loses its father, the world loses a hero. I pay tribute to one of the greatest humans of our time.
Nelson Mandela dies today, but his legacy will last forever. He has been a fighter, a leader and a source of inspiration for so many people throughout Africa, Europe and the entire world.
MiningWatch Canada: Canadian government must withdraw support to Gabriel Resources' Rosia Montana gold mining project in Romania
Published Dec 5, 2013 - 8:58:58 AM
MiningWatch Canada, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the Council of Canadians, and Earthworks join the call of Romanian and Canadian protesters to request the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Members of Parliament for: (1) introduction of legislation to make Canadian corporations, particularly extractive industry corporations, accountable for proposed projects and actual operations abroad and (2) withdrawal of Canadian Government support for Gabriel Resources' mining project in Romania at Roşia Montană. The open letter is available here.
Hayley Gorenberg: Lambda Legal Applauds Federal Resolution Opposing 'Ex-Gay Therapy' for Youth
Published Dec 5, 2013 - 8:47:58 AM
We applaud the introduction of this important resolution, which adds the voice of the U.S. Congress to the growing chorus opposing attempts to change a young person's sexual orientation or gender identity. So-called 'reparative therapies' fail any credible scientific or therapeutic test, and serve only to traumatize those most vulnerable - our youth.
Ron Carver: Exposing Secret Trade Pacts
Published Dec 5, 2013 - 8:01:20 AM
NAFTA. CAFTA-DR. TPP. TTIP.
That numbing spoonful of alphabet soup represents four so-called free trade pacts that benefit global capital at the expense of everyone else.
The North American Free Trade Agreement came first, and NAFTA will soon mark its 20th anniversary. The Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement, known officially as CAFTA-DR, went into effect a decade later.
Sam Pizzigati: Thou Shalt Not Tolerate Inequality
Published Dec 5, 2013 - 8:00:10 AM
Sometimes you don't have to say anything "new" to make news. Consider the "apostolic exhortation" the Vatican recently released.
Dr. James E. Hansen: Assessing "Dangerous Climate Change"
Published Dec 3, 2013 - 10:12:16 AM
The paper 'Assessing "Dangerous Climate Change": Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature' is being published today in the leading open-access journal PLOS ONE. A 2-page paper summary + 4-page opinion (Hansen & Kharecha) re policy implications is available here or from my web site.
Corporate Reform Coalition: SEC's Removal of Political Spending Disclosure Rule from Agenda a Step Back For Protecting Investors
Published Dec 3, 2013 - 8:57:49 AM
The Corporate Reform Coalition is deeply disappointed by and demands an explanation for the removal from its agenda of the most widely supported rulemaking in the Securities and Exchange Commission's history. The agency chose to put the political spending disclosure rule on their docket for consideration based on its strong support from investors and the potential risks to companies from secret political spending. The decision to drop this rule and others from the Commission's agenda is a step back from the SEC's proactive agenda to protect investors.
Alaska Wilderness League: Conservation groups call on Obama administration to lead in the Arctic
Published Dec 3, 2013 - 8:16:22 AM
On behalf of millions of Americans, we call on President Obama to stop leasing and drilling in the Chukchi Sea. The president should listen to Americans who need and want a healthy ocean ecosystem and affordable clean energy. Continuing the failed policies of the past will not achieve either goal.
Robert Reich: The True Price of Great Holiday Deals
Published Dec 3, 2013 - 8:03:24 AM
The most important website last weekend and in weeks to come — on which the hopes and fears of countless Americans are focused (and the President's poll-ratings depend) – is not HealthCare.gov. It's Amazon.com.
Chris Arnade: Looking for fraud? Don't look at food stamp recipients, look at Wall Street
Full story: The Guardian UK
Eugene Robinson: President Obama's immoral drone war
Full story: Washington Post
Ben Emmerson: It's outrageous to accuse the Guardian of aiding terrorism by publishing Snowden's revelations
Full story: The Guardian UK
Andy Rowell: U.S. Oil Boom Undermines Keystone XL
Published Dec 2, 2013 - 8:00:57 AM
Later today, the Californian businessman, Tom Steyer, will host an event at Georgetown University entitled: "Can Keystone Pass the President's Climate Test?" The summit, which will be livestreamed, will examine the KXL's carbon footprint.
Wendell Potter: Fighting the 'spin' war over Obamacare
Published Dec 2, 2013 - 7:59:32 AM
Now that November is history, will the Obamacare website work flawlessly from now on? Or, as the president has said, will it at least work for the "vast majority" of people who need to buy insurance on their own?
David Suzuki: Greenpeace arrests show attempts to silence environmentalists continue
Published Nov 29, 2013 - 9:09:29 AM
Early November marked the 18th anniversary of the tragic murder of outspoken writer and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues by the Nigerian government. Saro-Wiwa and the others had waged a long campaign to stop multinational oil company Royal Dutch Shell from drilling in the lands of the Ogoni people in the Niger delta.
Paul Steiger: Why Reporters in the U.S. Now Need Protection
Published Nov 27, 2013 - 11:10:39 AM
In recent days I thought a lot about the 16 previous recipients of the Burton Benjamin award, and re-read the words from this platform of some of them.
Their words are inspiring. Their deeds are awesome. I am humbled and deeply honored to be among them.
Fred Wertheimer: Treasury Department and IRS Open Door to Preventing 501(c)(4) Organizations from Being Misused to Launder Secret Contributions into Federal Elections
Published Nov 27, 2013 - 9:08:39 AM
Statement by Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer
Democracy 21 applauds the action taken today by the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service to initiate a rulemaking to address the inadequate rules that have been used by the IRS to determine 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status.
Marge Baker: The Other Government Shutdown
Published Nov 27, 2013 - 8:29:03 AM
What do you do when a faction of the U.S. Senate simply refuses to do a critical part of its job?
That's the dilemma that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid faced in mid-November when the Senate's Republican minority tried once again to stall the work of government by blocking President Barack Obama's nominees to the courts.
Richard Kirsch: We're Not Broke - We've Been Robbed
Published Nov 27, 2013 - 8:27:58 AM
With the Friday the 13th December deadline for a federal budget deal, the cries of "we're broke," and "we can't afford to keep spending," are ringing again. But we're not broke and acting like we are is making us poorer.
Andy Rowell: Canada's "Reckless" Expansion of Tar Sands Toxic Lakes
Published Nov 25, 2013 - 9:00:14 AM
And so yet another UN climate conference has ended, having limped to late-night compromise deal that has been widely condemned by civil society groups as vague and inadequate.
Wendell Potter: As glitches fade, Obamacare approval will rise
Published Nov 25, 2013 - 8:30:03 AM
The latest polls on Obamacare are bleak. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that almost half of those questioned last week had an unfavorable opinion of the law. Just a third had a favorable opinion, even less than the 40 percent support for the law in the Nov. 14 Gallup poll.
Friends of the Earth: Climate devastation will be part of President Obama's legacy, unless he chooses to change course
Published Nov 25, 2013 - 7:31:51 AM
A day before the conclusion of the UN climate conference in Warsaw, Poland, hundreds of climate activists from all continents -- representing social movements, trade unions and non-governmental organizations, including Friends of the Earth International -- have walked out of the talks in protest. Friends of the Earth U.S. stands in full solidarity with them and the millions of people they represent demanding real climate action. The lack of action by developed countries -- the U.S. chief among them -- in confronting the climate crisis was so monumental that they were left with no other option.
Robert Reich: How the Republican Tempest Over the Affordable Care Act Diverts Attention from Three Large Truths
Published Nov 25, 2013 - 7:20:36 AM
Having failed to defeat the Affordable Care Act in Congress, to beat it back in the last election, to repeal it despite more than eighty votes in the House, to stop it in the federal courts, to get enough votes in the Supreme Court to overrule it, and to gut it with outright extortion (closing the government and threatening to default on the nation's debts unless it was repealed), Republicans are now down to their last ploy.
Sarah Anderson: CEOs Against Grandmas
Published Nov 25, 2013 - 7:13:56 AM
David Cote, the CEO of Honeywell, has more than $134 million in his personal retirement fund. If I were sitting on a nest egg that big, I might feel a bit sheepish about telling ordinary grandmas and grandpas to take a cut in their Social Security payments.
Jim Robbins: The Year the Monarch Didn't Appear
Full story: NY Times
E.J. Dionne Jr: The GOP's obstruction is without precedent
Full story: Washington Post
Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam: Massive public pressure needed to rescue climate deal after Warsaw farce and fiasco
Published Nov 24, 2013 - 9:58:55 AM
Only massive public pressure can rescue a climate deal, warned Oxfam today, as the Warsaw negotiations drew closed after a fortnight of farce and fiasco. Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam said:
The Warsaw talks opened amidst the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. It is a warning of what climate change could mean for us all yet governments barely seemed to notice.
Jill Richardson: Our fast-growing, heavy-breasted turkeys can't even mate anymore
Published Nov 22, 2013 - 9:22:07 AM
It's odd that the most iconic feature of Thanksgiving — the turkey — is likely the most unnatural. It's got competition, of course, from the jellied cranberry sauce that retains the shape of its can and various food products sold in boxes marked "Just Add Water."
Jeffrey Flocken, IFAW: Roaring with Disapproval for Lion Meat at M. Wells Steakhouse
Published Nov 21, 2013 - 7:09:15 AM
Jeffrey Flocken, North American Regional Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement regarding the opening of M. Wells Steakhouse and the possibility of the inclusion of lion meat on the menu: