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Warnings of 'Gulf of Tonkin 2.0' as Trump Officials Blame Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 07:18

Originally Published on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 by Common Dreams

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The Al Marzoqah oil tanker on Monday, a day after it was attacked outside the Fujairah port in the United Arab Emirates. (Photo: EPA-EFE)

Is the Trump administration attempting to concoct a false pretext to justify launching a war against Iran?

Gareth Porter without citing any concrete evidence blamed Iran for reported attacks on Saudi and UAE oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz over the weekend.

Commentators quickly likened the accusations to the Gulf of Tonkin incident, referring to the "fabricated" event that President Lyndon Johnson used to massively escalate America's war in Vietnam.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:40
 
1994 Resolution on canadian Forests passed by the IUCN PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 08 April 2019 12:02
1994 Resolution passed by the IUCN General Assembly meeting at Buenos Aires, Tuesday, January 25, 
 
The IUCN (World Conservation Union) an organization representing 125 countries
passed a resolution  calling for a change in forest practices and forest preservation policies in B.C.
 
The voting body of the IUCN is divided into two houses: one house with government representatives, and the other with non-governmental representatives. 
At the 1994 meeting of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) the following resolution  was passed:
by 124 countries with only one country abstaining: Canada. 
 
19.72 REV2 North American Coastal Temperate Forests 
(retyped with January 25 Amendments from the floor)
 
RECOGNISING that temperate coniferous forests, and especially rain forests, constitute a very rare type of ecosystem in the world, originally covering less than one-fifth of one percent of the earth's land surface, and that one half of the earth's original forest of this type occurs along the pacific Coast of North America from northwestern California to southeastern Alaska;
 
UNDERSTANDING  that many endemic and unusual plants and animals occur only in these forests; and that in biomass productivity, the old growth forests (ancient forests) of this biome are unequaled anywhere; 
 
AWARE that more than one half of the Earth's original coastal coniferous forests (ancient forests) have been logged, including more than 40 % of the ancient forests of this type on North America, and that few large unfragmented examples of this type of forest, other than in protected areas, exist outside of British Columbia and Alaska; 
 
MINDFUL  of the fact that such ancient forests on Vancouver Island and on the mid-coast of British Columbia are disappearing at a rapid rate as a result of practices that have, to date, not been ecologically sustainable; 
ALSO MINDFUL that past management practices have been controversial, while the US government has enacted legislation to ensure sustainable management of all forests, questions continue to arise; 
 
UNDERSTANDING  that the Raincoast Conservation Society, the Sierra Club, and the Western Canada Wilderness Committee have proposed a large network of protected areas, including conservation corridors, in areas of such ancient forests on Vancouver Island and the midcoast of British Columbia; 
 
AWARE  of the fact that none of the protected areas that Canada maintains in forest areas along the Pacific Coast have been designated as World Heritage sites under the provisions of the World Heritage Convention[s] and that these ancient forests may be of outstanding universal value; 
The General Assembly of IUCN — the World Conservation Union, at its 19th Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 17-26 January 1994:
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Can We Stop Pretending Now? The Trump Era as an Occasion for Truth Telling PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 07 April 2019 15:39


By Andrew J. Bacevich

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176548/tomgram%3A_andrew_bacevich%2C_behind_fronds_of_fakery%2C_here%27s_some_real_news/#moreIrony, paradox, contradiction, consternation -- these define the times in which we live. On the one hand, the 45th president of the United States is a shameless liar. On the other hand, his presidency offers an open invitation to Americans to confront myths about the way their country actually works. Donald Trump is a bullshit artist of the first order. Yet all art reflects the time in which it’s produced and Trump’s art is no exception. Within all the excrement lie nuggets of truth.

 

Well before Trump rode the down escalator to the center of American politics, there were indicators aplenty that things had gone fundamentally awry. Yet only with the presidential election of 2016 did the chickens come home to roost. And with their arrival, it became apparent that more than a few propositions hitherto accepted as true are anything but.

Let me offer seven illustrative examples of myths that the Trump presidency has once-and-for-all demolished.

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Michael Cohen’s parting shot: I fear what happens if Trump loses in 2020 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 23:57

“This behavior denigrates the office of the president, and it’s simply un-American.”

By Dylan Scott@ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Feb 27, 2019, 5:35pm EST

Michael Cohen leaves after testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on February 27, 2019. Andrew Caballero-Reynold/AFP/Getty Images

 

Michael Cohen leaves after testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on February 27, 2019. Andrew Caballero-Reynold/AFP/Getty Images

 

Michael Cohen closed his remarkable testimony before Congress on Wednesday with an opaque but alarming warning about what could happen if President Donald Trump loses the 2020 election and some words addressed directly to his former boss.

 

“My loyalty to Mr. Trump has cost me everything: my family’s happiness, friendships, my law license, my company, my livelihood, my honor, my reputation and, soon, my freedom. And I will not sit back, say nothing, and allow him to do the same to the country,” Cohen said at the hearing’s closing. “Indeed, given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power, and this is why I agreed to appear before you today.”

 

He then turned his remarks to Trump himself, running through a long list of actions he has found unacceptable — attacks on law enforcement and the media, family separations at the Mexican border, friendliness with hostile foreign leaders — that Cohen said motivated him to testify.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 March 2019 19:37
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Veni, Vidi, Tweeti (I Came, I Saw, I Tweeted) An Obituary for the Republic PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 14 February 2019 12:55


By Tom Engelhardt

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176527/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_hail%2C_caesar%21/

What dreamers they were! They imagined a kind of global power that would leave even Rome at its Augustan height in the shade. They imagined a world made for one, a planet that could be swallowed by a single great power. No, not just great, but beyond anything ever seen before -- one that would build (as its National Security Strategy put it in 2002) a military “beyond challenge.” Let’s be clear on that: no future power, or even bloc of powers, would ever be allowed to challenge it again.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2019 12:58
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The U.S. Helped Push Venezuela Into Chaos — and Trump’s Regime Change Policy Will Make Sure It Stays That Way PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 14:17

 

https://theintercept.com/2019/02/02/venezuela-us-trump-sanctions/
February 2 2019, 4:00 a.m.   “By Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Republished with permission from The Intercept
 

WASHINGTON HAS BEEN trying to topple Venezuela’s government for at least 17 years, but the Trump administration has taken a more openly aggressive tack than its predecessors. Last week, administration officials kicked their efforts into high gear by anointing their chosen successor to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros in advance of any coup d’etat. The 35-year-old Venezuelan member of Congress Juan Guaidó announced that he was now president, and the Trump administration, along with allied governments, immediately recognized him — in accordance with a previously arranged plan.

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Mitch McConnell’s Ties to Russian Oil Money Go to the profile of The Democratic Coalition The Democratic Coalition PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 02 February 2019 14:53
 
Go to the profile of The Democratic Coalition
The Democratic Coalition
Jan 28, 2019 
 
 
The Democratic Coalition’s ongoing investigation just uncovered the following evidence linking GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to Russian oil money, some of which we first revealed in February 2017.
 
McConnell recently voted to drop sanctions against Russian aluminum company RusAl which is still owned by one of Vladimir Putin’s sanctioned oligarchs, Oleg Deripaska. His action directly benefits one of the GOP leader’s major donors, whose fortune comes from Russian oil.
 
The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC run by Sen. McConnell’s former Chief of Staff, received a total of $3,500,000 ($2,500,000 in 2016 and $1,000,000 in 2017) via Access Industries and a subsidiary. Len Blavatnik is a Russian oligarch with US and UK citizenship who owns Access Industries and donated to Sen. McConnell’s 2016 Senate campaign vehicles.
 
Blavatnik’s Access Industries made many of its billions from Putin’s decisions about its Russian oil partnership. He is also a long-term business partner of Kremlin-linked Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska at RuSal, in which he is a major investor, as well as Viktor Vekselberg, who is entangled with Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen through his U.S. family office Columbus Nova.
 
Last week, Sen. McConnell led 42 Republicans in voting against a resolution to maintain sanctions on Blavatnik’s business partner Deripaska.
 
The Trump Administration formally dropped sanctions on the night of January 27th, 2019, which were imposed against Deripaska, Blavatnik’s long time business partner, for his high-level role in Russia’s election attack against the United States in 2016. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is also a longtime business partner of Blavatnik.
 
The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly 362–53 to keep sanctions in place against Deripaska, which were originally imposed to ensure that Russian oligarchs profiting from the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 presidential election would face consequences for their actions.
 
Deripaska is linked to convicted Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, who owed the aluminum magnate a significant debt and offered campaign information as repayment.
 
Blavatnik gave a total of $7.35 million to PACs working for high-ranking Republicans including organizations linked to both the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader during the 2015–16 federal campaign cycle. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is probing donor Blavatnik for his ties to Donald Trump and specifically a million dollar inaugural donation.
 
Forbes amply documented Blavatnik’s source funds from the Kremlin in 2013 by exhibiting a copy of the wire transfer itself in a story entitled “The Four Horsemen of Russia’s Economic Collapse.” It described his sale of a private Russian oil company to state-controlled Rosneft.
 

The Democratic Coalition’s ongoing investigation just uncovered the 

 
Quoting 'The Lorax,' Court Pulls Permit For Pipeline Crossing Appalachian Trail PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 15 December 2018 08:02

 

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Downed trees mark the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Deerfield, Va., in February. A federal appeals court has blocked development of portions of the pipeline.

Steve Helber/APhttps://www.npr.org/2018/12/14/676950106/quoting-the-lorax-court-pulls-permit-for-pipeline-crossingAppalachian-trail? 

A federal appeals court has thrown out company's permit to build a natural gas pipeline across two national forests and the Appalachian Trail – and slammed the U.S. Forest Service for granting the approvals in the first place.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 December 2018 08:16
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Bend The Arc: Pittsburgh We are the Pittsburgh affiliate of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 29 October 2018 21:10

Website https://www.bendthearc.us/open_letter_to_president_trump

President Trump:

Yesterday, a gunman slaughtered 11 Americans during Shabbat morning services. We mourn with the victims’ families and pray for the wounded. Here in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood, we express gratitude for the first responders and for the outpouring of support from our neighbors near and far. We are committed to healing as a community while we recommit ourselves to repairing our nation.

 

For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 November 2018 22:29
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The Long Decline of DKE, Brett Kavanaugh’s Fraternity at Yale PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 13:12


By Eren Orbey September 25, 2018 

 

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-long-decline-of-dke-brett-kavanaughs-fraternity-at-yale
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Since Brett Kavanaugh’s time at Yale, the prevalence of Greek life on the campus has declined, but his fraternity, dke, has maintained a reputation for aggressively loutish antics.Photograph by Mark Peterson / Redux for The New Yorker
Last week, after Christine Blasey Ford went public with an allegation that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in high school, the Yale Daily News published an old photograph that directed scrutiny to the Supreme Court nominee’s college years. In the black-and-white image, two brothers of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity march across Yale’s campus in an initiation rite, one of them carrying a flag fashioned from women’s lingerie.

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