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UW study: Exposure to chemical in Roundup increases risk for cancer PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 14 February 2019 17:18
February 13, 2019
 
 
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https://www.washington.edu/news/2019/02/13/uw-study-exposure-to-chemical-in-roundup-increases-risk-for-cancer/UW News
 
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A timeline that shows the growth in glyphosate usage worldwide (left) and key human epidemiological studies on the herbicide (right).

 
 
Exposure to glyphosate — the world’s most widely used, broad-spectrum herbicide and the primary ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup — increases the risk of some cancers by more than 40 percent, according to new research from the University of Washington.
 
Various reviews and international assessments have come to different conclusions about whether glyphosate leads to cancer in humans.
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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.

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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.
 

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Why the time has come for a Green New Deal PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 02:23
Why the time has come for a Green New Deal
 
Supporters of Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's proposed Select Committee on a Green New Deal in the Longworth House Office Building on Dec. 10. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
https://www.thenation.com/article/why-the-time-has-come-for-a-green-new-deal/
 
 
By Katrina vanden Heuvel
Columnist
December 18, 2018
Almost 20 years ago, writer Mark Hertsgaard suggested a bold idea to upend the climate debate. Arguing that ambitious climate action was politically impossible without simultaneously meeting people’s economic needs, he proposed a massive public works program to “retrofit everything from our farms to our factories” that would be “a huge source of jobs, profits, and general economic well-being.” He called it the Global Green Deal.
 
Now, as climate scientists warn ever more urgently that humanity must immediately transform and decarbonize our economies to avoid an unlivable future, this idea’s political moment has finally arrived. A new generation of progressive activists and lawmakers has forced debate over a Green New Deal into the national conversation. Likely 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker are just two of the scores of elected officials who have endorsed a Green New Deal. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is organizing House Democrats to draft and pass corresponding legislation.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 January 2019 09:43
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