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Christy's Classroom for Public Education TUESDAY, SEPT. 2nd @ 9AM E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:59

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 2nd @ 9AM
 
BC LEGISLATURE GROUNDS
 
(in front of the Premier's Wing)

Wondering what to do during the teachers' strike? Want to join students, parents & teachers in a Peoples' School at Premier Christy Clark's doorstep on the Legislature Grounds?

ALL OUT at Christy's Classroom when classes resume on TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:04
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It's time for the International Criminal Court to rule on the conduct of the Israeli army E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:01

 

Under international humanitarian law there have been many incidents that could constitute serious international crime

 

 

 

 

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Dutch Parliament votes to ban all neonicotinoid pesticide uses in the Netherlands E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 07:23

 

http://www.ontariobee.com/inside-oba/news-and-updates/dutch-parliament-votes-to-ban-all-neonicotinoid-pesticide-uses-in-the-netherlands

 

18th March 2014 Neonicotinoids are dangerous to bees and other pollinators and are a primary cause of the massive bee deaths . A majority of the Court today rallied behind motions of the Animal Welfare Party for a national ban on the use of this insecticide in agriculture and retail sales . Neonicotinoids are relatively new agricultural poisons which have a disastrous effect on bees. These insecticids are thousands of times more toxic than DDT . The Party for Animal Welfare has been campaigning for many years against the neonicotinoids .
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French labor union openly opposes nuclear E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:59

 by  http://energytransition.de/2014/08/french-labor-union-openly-opposes-nuclear/ 

 

12 Aug 2014    

This is big news – for the first time, French labour union General Confederation of Labor (CGT) has spoken out clearly for the closure of France’s oldest nuclear plant. The reasons given argue against nuclear in general. Craig Morris investigates.
Fessenheim Nuclear Power Plant

The pro-nuclear coalition in France continues to crumble, as biggest French union CGT debates its position on nuclear and further operation of Fessenheim nuclear plant. (Photo by Florival fr, CC BY SA 3.0)

 


In Germany, labor union support for renewables and against nuclear has a long tradition; German unions defected decades ago when they realized the net job gains from an energy transition.

In France, the situation has been much different. Granted, one labor union did openly state its criticism for nuclear in 2013, but the CGT – which my French colleagues tell me is the stronger force to reckon with – has remained firmly pro-nuclear (see our previous post on the matter). Until now.

Alsace is the region of France bordering Germany (the two départements of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin). More importantly, it is where Fessenheim is located –France’s oldest operating nuclear reactor, and one that is scheduled to be shut down next. The question is when, and the answer will set the course for the country’s future energy policy. The official policy is that France aims to reduce the share of nuclear in power supply from the current roughly 75 percent to 50 percent – but we have no roadmap, and the French public is divided as soon as the discussion turns to specific plants being shut down.

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Hague court under western pressure not to open Gaza war crimes inquiry E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 10:16
Julian Borger, diplomatic editor   
The Guardian,http://www.theguardian.com/law/2014/aug/18/hague-court-western-pressure-gaza-inquiryMonday 18 August 2014
 
 
Potential ICC investigation into actions of both the IDF and Hamas in Gaza has become a fraught political battlefield
 
Fatou Bensouda
Fatou Bensouda, the international criminal court prosecutor. Photograph: Michael Kooren/AFP/Getty Images
 
 
The international criminal court has persistently avoided opening an investigation into alleged war crimes in Gaza as a result of US and other western pressure, former court officials and lawyers claim.
 
In recent days, a potential ICC investigation into the actions of both the Israel Defence Forces and Hamas in Gaza has become a fraught political battlefield and a key negotiating issue at ceasefire talks in Cairo. But the question of whether the ICC could or should mount an investigation has also divided the Hague-based court itself.
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The American Cult of Bombing Why You Should Expect More Bombs to be Dropped Everywhere E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 06:18

By William J. Astore

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175883/

 

When you do something again and again, placing great faith in it, investing enormous amounts of money in it, only to see indifferent or even negative results, you wouldn’t be entirely surprised if a neutral observer questioned your sanity or asked you if you were part of some cult.  Yet few Americans question the sanity or cult-like behavior of American presidents as they continue to seek solutions to complex issues by bombing Iraq (as well as numerous other countries across the globe).

Poor Iraq. From Operation Desert Shield/Storm under George H.W. Bush to enforcing no-fly zones under Bill Clinton to Operation Iraqi Freedom under George W. Bush to the latest “humanitarian” bombing under Barack Obama, the one constant is American bombs bursting in Iraqi desert air.  Yet despite this bombing -- or rather in part because of it -- Iraq is a devastated and destabilized country, slowly falling apart at seams that have been unraveling under almost a quarter-century of steady, at times relentless, pounding.  “Shock and awe,” anyone?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 06:23
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2030 “Shaping the world you want” is impeded by the continuation of the world you do not want E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 18 August 2014 11:04
 
 
By  Joan Russow Global Compliance research Project
 
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​West has more influence than Kiev on oligarchs’ armies in Ukraine – Lavrov E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 18 August 2014 07:16

​West has more influence than Kiev on oligarchs’ armies in Ukraine – Lavrov

By RT

time: August 18, 2014 08:22
Edited time: August 18, 2014 11:50

 
Foreign ministers Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany and Sergei Lavrov of Russia (L-R) go for a walk in a park ahead of their talks in Berlin, August 17, 2014. (Reuters / Thomas Peter)

Foreign ministers Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany and Sergei Lavrov of Russia (L-R) go for a walk in a park ahead of their talks in Berlin, August 17, 2014. (Reuters / Thomas Peter)

 

Moscow believes the West has more influence on various paramilitary forces in Ukraine - sponsored by local oligarchs - than Kiev does, Russian FM said citing the latest bickering between Right Sector and the Interior Ministry.

“The authorities in Kiev are not in control of the numerous paramilitary forces, including Right Sector, which, we estimate, comprises a large portion of the National Guard. The demarche of Right Sector towards the Ukrainian Interior Minister speaks for itself,” Sergey Lavrov said, adding that existence of armed groups sponsored by Ukrainian oligarchs, such as the Azov and Dnepr battalions, poses a great security threat.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 07:21
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The Pierre Poutine voter suppression case: It's complicated for the Conservatives E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 15 August 2014 15:20

By Press Progress

| August 15, 2014

So is the voter suppression case dating back to the 2011 federal election all wrapped up with a nice little bow for the Conservative Party of Canada?

On Thursday, former junior party staffer Michael Sona, 25, was convicted of one charge of electoral fraud under the Elections Canada for his part in placing misleading robocalls in Guelph riding -- directing non-Conservative supporters to bogus polling stations.

But let's review some things that makes the "Pierre Poutine" case a tad more complicated for the Conservatives.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 15:22
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White House Now Scrutinizing Israeli Requests for Ammunition E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 15 August 2014 08:15

Gaza Crisis: Israel Outflanks the White House on Strategy

By Adam Entous

 Aug. 14, 2014 1:14 p.m. ET

Benjamin Netanyahu, left, looks on as President Barack Obama speaks at the White House in March. Bloomberg News

JERUSALEM—White House and State Department officials who were leading U.S. efforts to rein in Israel's military campaign in the Gaza Strip were caught off guard last month when they learned that the Israeli military had been quietly securing supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon without their approval.

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A Master Bike Maker Reflects On the Time He Met the Comic Legend E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 15 August 2014 04:27

Robin Williams and Dario Pegoretti: The Comedian and the Bike Builder

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Robin Williams with a Pegoretti bicycle in Mill Valley, Calif., in 2007. Above Category

By now, you may have heard that Robin Williams was a cycling fanatic. He loved the sport—its history, its pageantry, its champions magnificent and raffish.

He was also a devoted rider, and adored the machinery. Over the years, Williams accumulated a substantial bicycle collection—what Jay Leno does with cars, Williams did with bikes.

"He had everything," said Chad Nordwall, owner of Above Category, a high-end bicycle retailer based in Marin County, Calif., where Williams was a devoted client. "Everything."

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