Inequality isn’t just bad for the economy — it’s toxic for the environment. The pope’s encyclical on climate change was received with both enormous enthusiasm and criticism, reactions that will only intensify as he continues to lead efforts to solve our climate crisis and generate momentum for the U.N.
Climate Conference later this year. His latest move? Inviting Naomi Klein, author most recently of This Changes Everything, to help lead last week’s Vatican conference on climate change. The most consistent and profound message threaded throughout Pope Francis’ text is how disproportionately vulnerable the poor are to the escalating effects of climate change. Poor communities are on the front lines, particularly susceptible to induced mega-storms, droughts, flooding, and other conditions that make life even more difficult. Yet, to build on the pope and environmental justice movement’s message that economic inequality and environmental quality are linked, it is important to point out that the relationship between the economy and environment goes both ways.
Because Every Country Is The Best At Something. Global Impacts of Germany’s Renewable Energy Transformation. President Putin's Fiction: 10 False Claims About Ukraine. As Russia spins a false narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine, the world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote, “The formula ‘two times two equals five’ is not without its attractions.”
Below are 10 of President Vladimir Putin’s recent claims justifying Russian aggression in the Ukraine, followed by the facts that his assertions ignore or distort. 1. Mr. Putin says: Russian forces in Crimea are only acting to protect Russian military assets. News - Ukraine crisis: Crimea parliament asks to join Russia. 6 March 2014Last updated at 11:31 ET Regional First Deputy PM Rustam Temirgaliev tells the BBC's John Simpson: "Crimea now is Russia" MPs in Crimea have asked Moscow to allow the southern Ukrainian region to become part of the Russian Federation.
The parliament said if its request was granted, Crimean citizens could give their view in a referendum on 16 March. Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the move had no legal grounds. Crimea, a region whose population is mostly ethnic Russian, has been at the centre of tensions following the fall of Ukraine's pro-Moscow president. News - Ukraine crisis in maps. 23 April 2014Last updated at 08:39 ET A masked pro-Russian gunman in Sloviansk, eastern Ukraine on 23 April Deadly pro-Russian unrest in eastern Ukraine has created a crisis for the new authorities in Kiev, months after President Viktor Yanukovych was driven out of office.
After imposing economic sanctions on Russia over its annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea in March, the US and EU are at loggerheads again with Moscow despite diplomatic efforts in Geneva. News - Why Crimea is so dangerous. 11 March 2014Last updated at 09:24 ET The peninsula of Crimea in southern Ukraine is at the centre of what is being seen as the biggest crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.
Troops loyal to Russia have taken control of the region and the pro-Russian parliament has voted to join the Russian Federation, to be confirmed in a referendum. Violence-top-10-countries-2014. What ISIS Really Wants. What is the Islamic State?
New Politika. Three Lessons on Digital Circumvention from Canada. PEN just returned from a fantastic conference on internet openness and rights at the Citizen Lab, a Toronto-based activist group that has pioneered studies on censorship and surveillance around the world.
I spoke about PEN's work on digital freedom issues, including the Declaration on Digital Freedom, and the many exciting new initiatives that PEN is exploring, including the forthcoming launch of a report on how our caseload is affected by the use of digital media. As I listened to the informative sessions at the conference, I realized that the rise of internet censorship was immediately accompanied by circumvention tools which probe the limits of censoring technologies.
Here are three revelations about circumvention that I learned in Toronto. Circumvention Costs Money Many dissidents around the world, and notably in China and Turkey, rely upon Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to circumvent censorship and filtering tools put in place by governments. People in China Just Want to Search. Encryption and the Faustian Bargain.
In his seminal book Code 2.0, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig explains that law alone will not solve problems related to privacy in the digital age.
Rather, to ensure privacy we'll need a combination of improved coding, law, and policy. Each measure by itself will only bring partial results. Lessig's prescient advice rings true today. As advocates—including PEN American Center—rally for improved legislation that will thwart the spying of the NSA under various legal authorities, other groups have pressed for improved encryption measures by default. In 2014, Access launched a campaign called Encrypt All the Things, which PEN has joined. 72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered “Potential Terrorists” In Official Government Documents. Are you a conservative, a libertarian, a Christian or a gun owner?
Are you opposed to abortion, globalism, Communism, illegal immigration, the United Nations or the New World Order? Do you believe in conspiracy theories, do you believe that we are living in the “end times” or do you ever visit alternative news websites (such as this one)? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are a “potential terrorist” according to official U.S. government documents.
Here's the real reason North Korea hacked Sony. It has nothing to do with The Interview. Evidence that North Korea was responsible for the massive Sony hack is mounting, and in many ways the country has already been convicted in the court of US public opinion.
But, no matter how conclusive the evidence becomes, one thing remains widely misunderstood: why North Korea would do this. Despite the emerging narrative that North Korea hacked Sony Pictures in revenge for insulting Kim Jong Un with The Interview, this incident is consistent with a long line of North Korean attacks and provocations that are premised on such slights — a South Korean president saying the wrong thing, for example, or the US conducting too-close military exercises. But these are understood to be excuses, and the attacks are not responses but are in fact part of a long-running North Korean strategy carefully designed to increase international tensions. in buying north korea's explanation, we are helping kim jong un. Cleaning up Everest. Working quietly behind the scenes are Khumbu's citizens to keep the trekking trails in the region clean and trash-free Most of the attention about environmental problems in the Himalaya seem to focus on garbage piling up on Mt Everest.
Google it and see. The high cost of low-wage labor. Tilakram Tharu died poor. Sherpas: The Invisible Men of Everest. Sherpas working on Everest normally don't die en masse. Apart from their darkest seasons—1922, 1970, and now, 2014, the darkest of all—they tend to perish one by one, casualties of crevasse falls, avalanches, and altitude sickness.
Some have simply disappeared on the mountain, never to be seen again. Burning For Freedom: Crisis In Nepal As Tibetan Monks Self-Immolate And China Cracks Down. Nepalese police put out the fire and rushed him to a hospital, but Tsering could not be saved. He died a few hours later, with burns on more than 90 percent of his body. Shift from Occidental to Oriental Power (East vs. West) Ts060405niblett. Agamben: From the State of Control to a Praxis of Destituent Power. Faced with absolute state control and the rapid eradication of political society, only a theory and praxis of destituent power can reclaim democracy. This is the transcript of a public lecture by Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben delivered to a packed auditorium in Athens on November 16, 2013 and recently published by Chronos.
G. AGAMBEN: For a theory of destituent power - ΧΡΟΝΟΣ online magazine. Public lecture in Athens, 16.11.2013 Invitation and organization by Nicos Poulantzas Institute and SYRIZA Youth. A Persistent Threat: The Evolution of al Qa'ida and Other Salafi Jihadists. The Moroccan Exception to Unrest In the Middle East. Amid the radical transformations in Tunisia and Egypt and rumblings of change in numerous other Arab countries, one populous Arab country stands out as relatively stable: Morocco. Counterinsurgency Scorecard: Afghanistan in Early 2011 Relative to the Insurgencies of the Past 30 Years.
The previously published RAND monograph, Victory Has a Thousand Fathers: Sources of Success in Counterinsurgency, used detailed case studies of the 30 insurgencies worldwide begun and completed between 1978 and 2008 to analyze correlates of success in counterinsurgency (COIN). A core finding was that a case's score on a scorecard of 15 equally weighted good and 12 equally weighted bad COIN factors and practices perfectly predicted the outcome of those 30 insurgencies. An International call for Moratorium on corporal punishment, stoning and the death penalty in the Islamic World. Slaughter of the Dissidents:Amazon:Books. Genocide without corpses. Thoughts Towards a Better World » 2014 » January » 13.
Counter-Currents Publishing. The Challenges of Europe and the Mediterranean. US states banned from exporting their trash to China are drowning in plastic. Being green is getting a lot harder for eco-friendly states in the US, thanks to the country’s dependency on overrun Chinese recycling facilities. Free-market anarchism. Organized Crime: Mafia, Yakuza, Triads. Social anarchism. Green anarchism. Individualist anarchism. How a Libertarian Capitalist Became a Libertarian Socialist. A Prosperous China vs An Imperial US. 108 Giant Chinese Infrastructure Projects. It's Scary How Much Cheaper America Is Than China. Westerners should know more about China. How China's New Love Affair with U.S. Private Schools Is Changing Them Both - Helen Gao - International.
ChinaSMACK - Hot internet stories, pictures, & videos in China. The War On Terror Spreads to Africa: U.S. Sending Troops to 35 African Nations. Benghazi Mission Attack Fast Facts. The Truth About God’s Calendar. Islamic Awareness and Philosophy. Select Bibliography - Die! Mythographer, Die!
Evolution of religious bigotry - Los Angeles Times. What The World's Leaders Studied. The Startling Accuracy of Referring to Politicians as 'Psychopaths' - James Silver. A roll call of corporate rogues who are milking the country. As Inequality Worsens, Millionaires Are Pulling Up the Drawbridge Behind Them. Woman State Leaders. Maggie by Andrew O'Hagan. EN IMAGES. Les funérailles de Margaret Thatcher. Transparency International - World Corruption. Nieman Watchdog > Commentary > Big Brother now has a name: Lockheed Martin.