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UN Agency: Iran Abiding With Terms of Nuke Deal E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:16

VIENNA — Aug 20, 2014, 6:45 PM ET

 

The U.N. nuclear agency says that Iran is keeping commitments it agreed to with six world powers in a pact that temporarily caps its nuclear activities and eliminates material that could be most easily used to make nuclear weapons.

The finding is contained in a restricted International Atomic Energy Agency report released Wednesday and obtained by The Associated Press.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 20:37
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From sugar to drugs, Harper has turned everything partisan E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 13:06

By KONRAD YAKABUSKI

Konrad Yakabuski http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/an-unhealthy-dose-of-partisanship/article20144092/The Globe and Mail

 

Warning young people about the dangers of smoking pot should be about as controversial as telling them to brush their teeth. The same goes for recommending that adults consume no more sugar than they can bench-press. Health officials are right to point out the pitfalls of both.

This is Canada, in 2014, however, where the Harper government’s insistence on putting its political stamp on policies that were previously left to independent agencies or experts in the bureaucracy means that even its public service announcements (PSAs) are suspect. Where an anti-pot ad aimed at teens seems partisan and nutritional guidelines seem to go light on the sugar lobby.

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Welcome to Guatemala: gold mine protester beaten and burnt alive E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:04
 
Indigenous people speak out against the Marlin mine run by Canadian company Goldcorp
•Surge in deaths of environmental activists over past decade, report finds
 
 The Marlin mine in western Guatemala owned by Canadian firm Goldcorp.

The Marlin mine in western Guatemala owned by Canadian firm Goldcorp. Photograph: David Hill

 
 
“They took him and poured gasoline all over him. Then they struck a match and lit him.”
 
Doña A – not her real name, for security reasons – was standing up, arms crossed, lightly leaning against a ladder, and speaking in her language, Maya Mam, while a friend, a relation by marriage, translated into Spanish. There were 20 or so Mams in the room – mostly women, some children, one elderly man – and we were in an adobe-brick house in the highlands of far western Guatemala, not far from the border with Mexico, and just around the corner from an open sky and underground gold- and silver-mine called Marlin.
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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

By Social Environmental Alliance


 
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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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 14:04
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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
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 06:26
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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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