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Heirs to Rockefeller Oil Fortune Divest From Fossil Fuels Over Climate Change

Portside - 2 hours 48 min ago
Heirs to Rockefeller Oil Fortune Divest From Fossil Fuels Over Climate Change

September 23, 2014
By Suzanne Goldenberg
The Guardian (September 23, 2014)

The heirs to the fabled Rockefeller oil fortune withdrew their funds from fossil fuel investments on Monday, lending a symbolic boost to a $50bn divestment campaign ahead of a United Nations summit on climate change. [...]

Veterans for Peace Statement Opposing US Bombing of Iraq and Syria

Portside - 2 hours 58 min ago
Veterans for Peace Statement Opposing US Bombing of Iraq and Syria

September 23, 2014
By Veterans for Peace
Veterans for Peace (September 23, 2014)

Veterans know from first hand experience that you cannot bomb your way to peace. More bombing will ultimately mean more division, bloodshed, recruitment for extremist organizations, and a continual cycle of violent intervention. [...]

Obama’s Long War in the Middle East

Portside - 3 hours 15 min ago
Obama’s Long War in the Middle East

September 23, 2014
By William Greider
The Nation (September 10, 2014)

Our predicament is substantially obscured by the frightening enthusiasm for war among leading pundits. As Stephen F. Cohen has observed about the Ukraine–Russia crisis, the US media are simply not telling the truth about the failure of our post–Cold War policy. They demonize the opponent and never acknowledge the rational alternatives that exist. America needs an antiwar movement of truth tellers to confront and shame the propagandists. [...]

Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What’s Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence

Portside - 3 hours 45 min ago
Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What’s Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence

September 23, 2014
By Charles E. Cobb
Zinn Education Project (September 23, 2014)

It is the complexity of the movement—so often missing—that is my chief complaint about much movement historiography—at least that found within textbooks. The story of the Freedom Movement is a story of resistance. The “non-nonviolent” Chinn was attracted to and willing to support the nonviolent CORE because he recognized and valued that it was an organization resisting white supremacy. This is more important, more fundamental, than the weapons he often carried. [...]

Democracy Now! 2014-09-23 martes en español

Democracy Now! Podcast en Español - 10 hours 25 min ago
Democracy Now! 23 de Septiembre de 2014
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  • Estados Unidos lanza ataques contra grupos militantes en Siria\r\n
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  • Cientos de soldados iraquíes murieron en ataque de Estado Islámico\r\n
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  • Rehén francés fue secuestrado por grupo vinculado a ISIS en Argelia\r\n
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  • Arrestan a más de 100 personas en protesta “Inundemos Wall Street” contra el cambio climático\r\n
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  • Herederos de Rockefeller citan “imperativo moral” para dejar de financiar combustibles fósiles\r\n
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  • OMS empeora sus predicciones respecto al ébola; es probable que haya 20.000 casos para noviembre\r\n
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  • Yemen: rebeldes Houthi intensifican control en la capital, Sanaa\r\n
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  • Fuerzas israelíes matan a dos sospechosos del asesinato de adolescentes israelíes perpetrado en junio\r\n
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  • Estados Unidos revela nuevas normas para limitar las “inversiones fiscales” del sector empresarial\r\n
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  • Informe: Estados Unidos incrementa su arsenal nuclear a pesar de las promesas\r\n
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Democracy Now! 2014-09-23 Tuesday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - 14 hours 25 min ago
Democracy Now! 2014-09-23 Tuesday
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  • Headlines for September 23, 2014
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  • Expanding U.S. Strikes to ISIS in Syria, Has Obama Opened New Phase of \"Perpetual War\"?
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  • Flood Wall Street: 100 Arrested at Sit-In Targeting Financial Giants' Role in Global Warming
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  • Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke & Desmond D'Sa on a Global, Grassroots Response to U.N. Climate Summit
  • "]

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Rikers Scandal: Key Leaders Are Between Policymakers, Prisoners

City Limits - 15 hours 59 min ago
The revelations about systemic brutality in the city's jails point to the critical role that captains—the first layer of leadership over correction officers—play.

Beer and Politics Mix on TV

City Limits - 22 hours 25 min ago
The second episode of "Straight Up" features a discussion on race and policing.

US Police Get Antiterror Training in Israel on Privately Funded Trips

Portside - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 9:55pm
US Police Get Antiterror Training in Israel on Privately Funded Trips

September 22, 2014
By Ali Winston
The Center for Investigative Reporting (September 16, 2014)

The law enforcement seminars in some ways resemble other privately funded trips to Israel, such as the birthright trips for Jewish young adults and programs for politicians, educators and other professionals. Stops on the law enforcement tours include not just the Western Wall, but also West Bank border checkpoints, military facilities and surveillance installations. [...]

Scotland on the Euphrates; The Approaching Demise of the Nation State

Portside - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 9:39pm
Scotland on the Euphrates; The Approaching Demise of the Nation State

September 22, 2014
By Uri Avnery
OpEd News.com (September 19, 2014)

THE OBSOLENCE of the nation-state has given birth to a paradoxical by-product: the breakup of the state into smaller and smaller units.

Two countries competed this week for first place in news programs all over the world: Scotland and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
There could not be a greater difference than between these two countries. Scotland is damp and cold, Iraq is hot and dry. Scotland is called after its whisky (or the other way [...]

Climate Change Marches

Portside - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 8:03pm
Climate Change Marches

September 22, 2014
By Suzanne Goldenberg and Lauren Gambino
The Guardian (September 22, 2014)

On a day of 2,700 simultaneous climate events from Melbourne to Manhattan, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, reinforced the calls from the streets for action by calling on world leaders to take the threat of climate change as seriously as Isis or Ebola. [...]

The Coming Climate Revolt

Portside - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:10pm
The Coming Climate Revolt

September 22, 2014
By Chris Hedges
Truthdig (September 22, 2014)

To assume that Obama, or the Democratic Party, because they acknowledge the reality of climate change, while the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party does not, is better equipped to deal with the crisis is incorrect. Republicans appeal to one constituency. The Democrats appeal to another. But both parties will do nothing to halt the ravaging of the planet. [...]

Pentagon Supplies School Districts with Assault Rifles and Grenade Launchers

Portside - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:21pm
Pentagon Supplies School Districts with Assault Rifles and Grenade Launchers

September 22, 2014
By Andrew Emett
Nation of Change (September 22, 2014)

Federal records confirm that schools throughout the U.S. have received surplus military-grade weapons and vehicles. But is there really a need for military-grade weapons on campus?

Due to public outcry, school districts nationwide are debating whether to keep their Pentagon-issued assault rifles, grenade launchers, and Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Donated free of charge as part of the Defense Department’s 1033 Program, surplus military equipment has been dispensed throughout law enforcement agencies and school districts for decades. Recent criticisms of [...]

NYC's Superfund Neighborhoods Are Booming

City Limits - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:55pm
In the past five years, three toxic city sites have been enrolled in a federal clean-up program. Early on there were fears the label would inhibit development. Those have proven unfounded.

Democracy Now! 2014-09-22 lunes en español

Democracy Now! Podcast en Español - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:00pm
Democracy Now! 22 de Septiembre de 2014
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  • Histórica marcha por el clima en Nueva York congrega a 400.000 personas
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  • Emisiones mundiales alcanzan nuevo récord; responsabilidad de Estados Unidos aumentó un 2,9%
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  • Herederos de fortuna petrolera de Rockefeller retiran inversiones de combustibles fósiles
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  • Rehenes turcos liberados de cautiverio de ISIS en Irak
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  • Más de 130.000 refugiados sirios huyen a Turquía para escapar del ISIS
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  • Embajadora Power: Estados Unidos no está solo en ataques aéreos en Siria
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  • Gobierno yemení alcanza tregua con rebeldes chiíes
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  • Miles de personas se manifiestan contra participación rusa en guerra civil ucraniana
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  • ONU: Naufragio de embarcación que transportaba refugiados de Gaza podría constituir \"asesinato en masa\"
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  • Veterano de guerra de Irak con trastorno por estrés post traumático detenido tras quebrantamiento sin precedentes de seguridad de la Casa Blanca
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Improvement in Child Poverty Figures Demands More Action

City Limits - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 8:30am
Child poverty decreased in New York City in 2013, but that was only a start toward rolling back the devastating effects of the Great Recession.

Democracy Now! 2014-09-22 Monday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2014-09-22 Monday
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  • Headlines for September 22, 2014
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  • Voices from the People's Climate March: Indigenous Groups Lead Historic 400,000-Strong NYC Protest
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  • Singer Angélique Kidjo: The Women of Africa Are Paying the Price of Climate Change
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  • Bernie Sanders at People's Climate March: To Stop Global Warming, Get Dirty Money Out of Politics
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  • \"This is History\": People's Climate March Organizer Bill McKibben on 400,000-Strong Turnout
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  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: \"The Only Thing We Have in Our Power is People Power\"
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  • Anti-Coal Climate Activists March with Massachusetts District Attorney Who Almost Prosecuted Them
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  • Musician Sting: Why I Am Walking with the Indigenous Bloc in People's Climate March
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  • \"Climate Change is Now\": Former Irish President Mary Robinson and Marshall Islands’ Tony deBrum
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  • Socialist Seattle Politician Kshama Sawant: We Need a Radical Militant Nonviolent Climate Movement
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  • Heirs of Billionaire Oil Tycoon John D. Rockefeller Join Growing Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement
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Fracking Brings Few Jobs, Major Destruction, Mountain Residents Tell Nc Energy Commission

Portside - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:51am
Fracking Brings Few Jobs, Major Destruction, Mountain Residents Tell Nc Energy Commission

September 21, 2014
By Paul Clark
Carolina Public Press (September 16, 2014)

Several hundred people filled the floor of Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University on Friday for a public hearing on proposed rules governing fracking in North Carolina. All who spoke during the public hearing opposed the rules [...]

Texas Proposes Rewriting School Text Books to Deny Manmade Climate Change

Portside - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:25am
Texas Proposes Rewriting School Text Books to Deny Manmade Climate Change

September 21, 2014
By Suzanne Goldenberg
The Guardian (September 16, 2014)

Analysis of proposed 6th grade texts show they falsely claim scientific disagreement about global warming

Texas has proposed re-writing school text books to incorporate passages denying the existence of climate change and promoting the discredited views of an ultra-conservative think tank.
The proposed text books – which come up for public hearing at the Texas state board of education on Tuesday – were already attracting criticism when it emerged that the science section had been altered to reflect [...]

CO2 Emissions Set to Reach New 40 Billion Ton Record High in 2014

Portside - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:16am
CO2 Emissions Set to Reach New 40 Billion Ton Record High in 2014

September 21, 2014
By
Physics.org (September 21, 2014)

The implication of no immediate action is worryingly clear – either we take a collective responsibility to make a difference, and soon, or it will be too late.

Carbon dioxide emissions, the main contributor to global warming, are set to rise again in 2014 - reaching a record high of 40 billion tonnes.
The 2.5 per cent projected rise in burning fossil fuels is revealed by the Global Carbon Project, which is co-led in the UK by researchers at [...]