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ENCYCLICAL LETTER OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 18 June 2015 08:39
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ENCYCLICAL LETTER
LAUDATO SI’
OF THE HOLY FATHER
FRANCIS
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

 

1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.[1]

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2015 11:39
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Heiltsuk nation supporters protest in Bella Bella, Vancouver and Victoria PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 19:13

Jessica Brown speaks on behalf of the Heiltsuk Nation at the Pattison-owned Save-On Foods in Victoria:

http://www.cheknews.ca/protest-in-victoria-against-dfo-ope…/

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First Nations Groups are taking action against the federal government’s move to open a herring-roe fishery near Bella Bella. The Heiltsuk First Nation wants the...
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Here's UVic Radio CFUV "Gorilla Radio" covering today's concurrent solidarity demo in Victoria, during which 75 people demonstrated outside Jim Pattison's Save-On Foods (boycott please) http://www.gorilla-radio.com/index.php?id=792

Here is a report from Ingmar Lee. about the rally in Bella Bella and the occupation of the DFO office in Vancouver.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 07:12
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Military Strategy? Who Needs It? The Madness of Funding the Pentagon to “Cover the Globe” PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 28 March 2015 05:05

By William D. Hartung

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175973/tomgram%3A_william_hartung%2C_your_money_at_war_everywhere/#more

President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Obama wants to raise the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal year 2016 by $35 billion more than the caps that exist under current law allow.  McCain wants to see Obama his $35 billion and raise him $17 billion more. Last week, the House and Senate Budget Committees attempted to meet Obama’s demands by pressing to pour tens of billions of additional dollars into the uncapped supplemental war budget.

 

What will this new avalanche of cash be used for? A major ground war in Iraq? Bombing the Assad regime in Syria? A permanent troop presence in Afghanistan?  More likely, the bulk of the funds will be wielded simply to take pressure off the Pentagon’s base budget so it can continue to pay for staggeringly expensive projects like the F-35 combat aircraft and a new generation of ballistic missile submarines.  Whether the enthusiastic budgeteers in the end succeed in this particular maneuver to create a massive Pentagon slush fund, the effort represents a troubling development for anyone who thinks that Pentagon spending is already out of han

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 March 2015 13:21
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NAFTA scrutiny of oilsands tailings ponds opposed by Canada PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 12 January 2015 21:25

Officials from Canada, Mexico and U.S. poised to vote on whether to allow investigation

By Margo McDiarmid, environment reporter, CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/nafta-scrutiny-of-oilsands-tailings-ponds-opposed-by-canada-1.2896100

Posted: Jan 12, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 12, 2015 7:50 AM ET

An aerial view shows a tailings pond near Fort McMurray, Alta. Canada is trying to block an investigation of the tailings ponds by an environmental watchdog set up as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

An aerial view shows a tailings pond near Fort McMurray, Alta. Canada is trying to block an investigation of the tailings ponds by an environmental watchdog set up as part of the North

Canada is trying to stop NAFTA's environmental watchdog from taking a closer look at the environmental effects of the huge tailings ponds produced by Alberta's oilsands, and it appears Mexico and the U.S. will go along with efforts to stop a formal investigation.

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 January 2015 13:34
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Is This Country Crazy? Inquiring Minds Elsewhere Want to Know PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 11 January 2015 08:54


By Ann Jones

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175941/tomgram%3A_ann_jones%2C_answering_for_america/#more

Americans who live abroad -- more than six million of us worldwide (not counting those who work for the U.S. government) -- often face hard questions about our country from people we live among. Europeans, Asians, and Africans ask us to explain everything that baffles them about the increasingly odd and troubling conduct of the United States.  Polite people, normally reluctant to risk offending a guest, complain that America’s trigger-happiness, cutthroat free-marketeering, and “exceptionality” have gone on for too long to be considered just an adolescent phase. Which means that we Americans abroad are regularly asked to account for the behavior of our rebranded “homeland,” now conspicuously in decline and increasingly out of step with the rest of the world.

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 January 2015 08:59
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