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Youth Sue Obama Administration For Allowing Climate Change, Violating Constitutional Rights PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 14 August 2015 13:21

"We have a moral obligation to leave a healthy planet for future generations."

Twenty-one young people from around the country filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Tuesday accusing the federal government of violating their rights by contributing to climate change through the promotion of fossil fuels.

The plaintiffs, who range in age from 8 to 19, filed their complaint in U.S. District Court in Oregon. The complaint lists numerous defendants, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency"Defendants have for decades ignored their own plans for stopping the dangerous destabilization of our nation's climate system," the plaintiffs said in their complaint, which was filed with the help of the Oregon-based nonprofit Our Children's Trust"Defendants have known of the unusually dangerous risk of harm to human life, liberty, and property that would be caused by continued fossil fuel use and increase [carbon dioxide] emissions."

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Delusionary Thinking in Washington The Desperate Plight of a Declining Superpower PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 28 May 2015 08:57

By Michael T. Klare

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176003/tomgram%3A_michael_klare%2C_superpower_in_distress/#more

Take a look around the world and it’s hard not to conclude that the United States is a superpower in decline. Whether in Europe, Asia, or the Middle East, aspiring powers are flexing their muscles, ignoring Washington’s dictates, or actively combating them. Russia refuses to curtail its support for armed separatists in Ukraine; China refuses to abandon its base-building endeavors in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia refuses to endorse the U.S.-brokered nuclear deal with Iran; the Islamic State movement (ISIS) refuses to capitulate in the face of U.S. airpower. What is a declining superpower supposed to do in the face of such defiance?

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 May 2015 15:42
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The U.N. at 70: A Glass Half Full PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 28 May 2015 06:31

Dr. Palitha Kohona is former Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

COLOMBO, May 26 2015 (IPS) - As the U.N. enters its 70th year, it is legitimate to ask whether it has been a success so far. Over the years, the media, in particular the Western media, has tended to highlight the U.N.’s failures.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 06:39
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California drought spurs protest over 'unconscionable' bottled water business PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:37
  • Report finds lax oversight, with some operations unlicensed for years
  • Petition against Nestlé bottling operations garners 150,000 signatures
  • By  in Los Angeles
  • http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/19/california-drought-protest-bottled-water
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 Bottled water is facing growing controversy amid California’s drought. Photograph: Alamy

 

Californians facing the prospect of endless drought, mandated cuts in water use and the browning of their summer lawns are mounting a revolt against the bottled water industry, following revelations that Nestlé and other big companies are taking advantage of poor government oversight to deplete mountain streams and watersheds at vast profit.

An online petition urging an immediate end to Nestle’s water bottling operations in the state has gathered more than 150,000 signatures, in the wake of an investigation by the San Bernardino Desert Sun that showed the company is taking water from some of California’s driest areas on permits that expired as long as 27 years ago.

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A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:30

By Laura Gottesdiener

 http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175983/tomgram%3A_laura_gottesdiener%2C_another_round_of_detroit_refugees/

Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of Theophilus Van Kannel, the soon-to-be founder of the Van Kannel Revolving Door CompanyIts purpose was twofold: to better insulate buildings from the cold and to allow greater numbers of people easier entry at any given time.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 April 2015 20:40
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