The Moral Imperative Of Activism Today’s crises – endless war, environmental catastrophe, desperate poverty and more – can seem so daunting that they paralyze action rather than inspire activism. But the imperative to do something in the face of injustice defines one’s moral place in the universe, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explains. That America is in deep moral and legal trouble was pretty much obvious to everyone before Edward Snowden released official documents showing the extent to which the U.S. government has been playing fast and loose with the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans to be protected against unreasonable searches and seizures.
Le monde peut-il survivre à l'arrogance de Washington ? par Paul CRAIG ROBERTS Lorsque le Président Reagan m’a nommé Secrétaire adjoint du Trésor à la politique économique, il m’a dit qu’il devait rétablir l’économie US pour la sauver de la stagflation, afin de pouvoir peser de toute la puissance de notre économie sur les dirigeants russes pour les convaincre de négocier la fin de la Guerre Froide. Reagan a dit qu’il n’y avait plus de raison de vivre sous la menace d’une guerre nucléaire. L’administration Reagan a atteint ces deux objectifs, qui en retour ont été ruinés par les administrations suivantes. C’est le propre vice-président et successeur de Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, qui a violé en premier les accords Reagan-Gorbatchev en intégrant d’anciennes républiques de l’Union Soviétique dans l’OTAN et en plaçant des bases militaires occidentales aux frontières russes. Il est plus qu’évident que Washington - Démocrate ou Républicain - a la Russie et la Chine en ligne de mire. Washington est sérieusement préoccupé par cette perspective.
International Comission Barcelona Una tarea de la Convención Marco sobre Cambio Climático de Naciones Unidas, que en la actualidad está teniendo lugar en Durban, Sudáfrica, es extender las decisiones políticas previas, limitadas en alcance y solamente parcialmente aplicadas. Estas decisiones se remontan a la Convención de 1992 de la ONU y al Protocolo de Kyoto de 1997, al que Estados Unidos rehusó unirse. El primer periodo de compromiso del Protocolo de Kyoto termina en 2012. El ambiente más o menos general anterior a la conferencia fue capturado por The New York Times en un titular: Asuntos urgentes, pero bajas expectativas
lechatnoiremeutier Rapport de l’audience des Femmes dénonçant le cas Atenco devant la Commission Inter-américaine des Droits Humains. Compagnons et compagnes de la Sexta nationale et internationale Compagnons et compagnes du Réseau contre la Répression et pour la solidarité À tous et à toutes les compagnons et compagnes solidaires qui nous ont accompagnées dans cette lutte qui est à nous tous et toutes :
Smart, Fearless Journalism Peaceful protest is much more effective than violence for toppling dictators Political scientist Erica Chenoweth used to believe, as many do, that violence is the most reliable way to get rid of a dictator. History is filled, after all, with coups, rebellions and civil wars. She didn't take public protests or other forms of peaceful resistance very seriously; how could they possible upend a powerful, authoritarian regime? Then, as Chenoweth recounts in a Ted Talk posted online Monday, she put together some data and was surprised by what she found. "I collected data on all major nonviolent and violent campaigns for the overthrow of a government or a territorial liberation since 1900," she says -- hundreds of cases. "The data blew me away."
Occupy-DRY Global Spanish-English Assembly Meeting Connected. This pad seems to be opened in more than one browser window on this computer. Reconnect to use this window instead. 4 Principles For Creating Change, And 4 Barriers That Make It Harder Many people now are struggling to make change; to drive social or environmental impact whether they are social entrepreneurs or people working from within organizations to make a difference. In this piece, we wanted to focus on thinking about how communities of change makers can thrive. It’s not enough for change making to be the sole remit of a handful of do-gooders or NGOs. By highlighting some of the barriers and core principles that are vital to the success of a world in which everyone is a change maker, we hope to begin to mainstream the art of change making and destroy the social entrepreneur’s monopoly on social change.
Mapping of struggles and alternatives for Water as a Commons : Alternative World Water Forum Here is a mapping of struggles and alternatives for Water as a Commons around the world. As a synthesis tool, sharing experience, animated local or global networks, mapping provides a view of all the territorial struggles and alternatives in different areas related to water and sanitation, based on actions from groups in the field and associations. It helps identify the geographical proximity, specialist issues, communities, etc.. which could be used to contact the group concerned, propose exchanges of experience or knowledge and convergence of actions. It could also strengthen networks to later form more sustainable forms of joint organization that are bring built around the world. Access the forms online For a group to appear on the map, the form has to be filled out :
Deprogram: Episode 28 - UNICORN RIOT Ep. 28: #Mizzou #ConcernedStudent1950 #BlackOnCampus #ClimateChange #KeystoneXL #Enbridge #Hackers #CWA #Anonymous #Securus #PrisonMonitoring #MMM2015 #CopsLie #BlackLivesMatter #Turkey #Silvan #SilvanUnderAttack #Palestine #Justice4KeithLamar #ConcernedStudent1950 For episode 28 of Deprogram we start at the University of Missouri, where a hunger strike to combat the systemic racial injustices on campus forced Mizzou president to step down. #ClimateChange We then bring you some climate news; the KeystoneXL pipeline was rejected but Enbridge have pipelines that have been built that move just as much oil, while Earth’s temperature continues to rise.
Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement The election of Donald Trump was a catastrophe for progressive America, but the damage may be mitigated over the long term by a remarkable surge of energy on the left in response to his election. As many as 5.2 million people participated in hastily organized Women’s Marches across the country, senators’ phones have reportedly been jammed with calls protesting Trump’s cabinet nominees and other early moves, and, according to a poll conducted by The Washington Post, more than one in three Democrats say they plan to become “more involved in the political process in the next year” as a result of the election. That’s true of 40 percent of Democratic women, and almost half of self-identified liberal Democrats. Here’s an overview of some of the new efforts launched since November 9. It’s by no means comprehensive, but we started with a list of 75 new groups and whittled them down to some of the most interesting or promising. They’re not presented in any kind of ranked order.
The Trump administration really doesn’t want this climate lawsuit to go to trial The Trump administration, joined by fossil fuel companies, is stepping up its fight against a historic federal climate lawsuit, seeking an appeal of a November decision that allowed the case to move forward to trial. The Trump administration also argued that an earlier request — which asked the government to retain records of communication about climate change between the government and the fossil fuel industry — was overly burdensome. “This request for appeal is an attempt to cover up the federal government’s long-running collusion with the fossil fuel industry,” Alex Loznak, a 20-year old plaintiff in the case, said in a statement. “My generation cannot wait for the truth to be revealed. These documents must be uncovered with all deliberate speed, so that our trial can force federal action on climate change.” The lawsuit was initially filed against former president Barack Obama.
Defining the Journalism vs. Blogging Debate, with a Science Reporting angle You know I have been following the “ death of newspapers ” debate, as well as “ bloggers vs. journalists ” debate, and “do we need science reporters” debate for a long time now. What I have found – and it is frustrating to watch – is that different people use different definitions for the same set of words and phrases. “News”, “reporting”, “media”, “press”, “journalism”, “Web”, “Internet”, “blog”, “citizen journalist”, “newspapers”, “communication”, etc. are defined differently by different people. Usually they do not explicitly define the terms, but it is possible to grasp their definition from context.