Sunday, September 21, 2014 / PROGRESSIVE JOURNALISM FOR POSITIVE ACTION
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Astra Taylor
Op-Ed

For the last two years I have worked as a volunteer debt abolisher for Rolling Jubilee, which just announced the the abolition of nearly $4 million dollars of student debt. It’s a nice addition to the nearly $15 million of medical debt we have erased since November 2012 when the campaign launched. Earlier this month, the Rolling Jubilee team posted 2,761 letters in the mail. “Jubilant Greetings! We are writing to you with good news,” the letters began. “We just got ...

ISIS Terrorizes the Middle East Using Confiscated U.S. Weaponry
Michael Payne
Op-Ed

The fight against radical terrorists is difficult enough but it gets far more problematic when it becomes evident that the enemies that you are fighting against are the same ones that you are largely responsible for having created. And, if that’s not bad enough, it gets even worse when you realize that you have, unwittingly, furnished that enemy with weapons that you left behind when exiting Iraq in 2011. We’re watching a new chapter of the War on Terror getting underway in the Middle East. Just recently President Obama ...

Christiana Figueres and Guy Ryder
Op-Ed

In the past, action to combat climate change was viewed largely as running counter to economic growth, with “going green” implying a sacrifice of prosperity for the sake of the environment. Today, we know better. By taking action to mitigate climate change, companies are promoting sustainable growth and creating high-quality employment. The United States, for example, has added 1.2 million “clean” jobs to the economy since January, according to a new study by the ...

Five Reasons We’re Joining the People’s Climate March
Sandra Steingraber and Wenonah Hauter
News Report

Today, we join tens of thousands of people from across the country in the historic People’s Climate March in New York City. We’re thrilled to be marching alongside a diverse spectrum of Americans to demand meaningful action on climate change—the pivotal issue of our time and one on which millions of lives and future generations hinge. People will be marching with a wide range of views and agendas, but as we prepare for this momentous and powerful event, here are five ...

Christina Sarich
News Report

Why has Nestlé, who owns a baby-formula producing company called Gerber, removed GMOs (genetically modified organisms) from baby foods and formulas in South Africa and not in the United States? Perhaps because South African parents are more vocal than Americans. Or it might also be because corporations conducting business in the U.S. are protected by government agencies who don’t seem to give a hoot about public health – not even of our most fragile citizens. Maybe it’s ...

VOICES FOR CHANGE

Nestlé Removes GMO Ingredients from Baby Foods in South Africa, Not USA
Christina Sarich
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Why has Nestlé, who owns a baby-formula producing company called Gerber, removed GMOs (genetically modified organisms) from baby foods and formulas in South Africa and not in the United States? Perhaps because South African parents are more vocal than Americans. Or it might also be because corporations conducting business in the U.S. are protected by government agencies who don’t seem to give a hoot about public health – ...

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Shiite Militias of Iraq Reject US Return, Threaten to Attack US Forces
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.The pan-Arab, London-based daily, “Al-Sharq al-Awsat” (The Middle East) reports that the major Shiite militias of Iraq are denouncing Prime ...

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American Amnesia: Why the GOP Leads on National Security
Joe Conason
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If the latest polls are accurate, most voters believe that Republican politicians deserve greater trust on matters of national security. At a moment when Americans feel threatened by rising terrorist movements and authoritarian regimes, that finding is politically salient — and proves that amnesia is the most durable affliction of our ...

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Chris Hedges Has 15 Minutes to Start a Revolution
Chris Hedges
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The Truthdig columnist speaks to a crowd in Wisconsin over the weekend about the prevailing power structure and “the abject surrender of our political class ... to cash-rich lobbying groups.”

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Kiss Your Grass-Fed Beef Goodbye! GMO Grass About to be Approved
Christina Sarich
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While many of us rely on grass-fed beef as a source of healthful, properly raised meat, that option of healthy eating may just move down a peg. Why? Not because cattle may have to switch to GM grain, but rather because cattle may be forced to indulge in genetically modified grass.

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Too Big to Punish
David Sirota
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A few months ago, in a press conference about the felony conviction of Credit Suisse, Attorney General Eric Holder said, "This case shows that no financial institution, no matter its size or global reach, is above the law."Yet, earlier this month, the Obama administration announced its proposal to waive some of the possible sanctions against Credit Suisse. The little-noticed waiver, which was outlined in the Federal Register, comes amid criticism that the Obama ...

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Ted Cruz Dreams Up Assorted Fossil Fuel Favors
Jim Hightower
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Let’s take a cruise down the narrow byways and twisting turns that form Senator Ted Cruz’s mind.The first right turn on our road trip brings us to a sweeping view of the Texas Republican’s Energy Renaissance Act, a proposal so studded with fossil fuel favors that it ought be called the “Exxon Mobil Relief Act.”His bill would prevent the federal ...

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Real Fashion Goes Eco-Conscious
Christina Sarich
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Just How fashion Forward Are You Ladies?  Would You Wear A Solar Dress? Women are known for making outlandish fashion statements. Look at icons like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Nicki Manaj, Rihanna, or Madonna – these ladies may garner worldwide attention, but they are amateurs when it comes to true cutting-edge fashion. State-of-the-art technology combined with ...

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A Climate Week to Change Everything
Amy Goodman
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The climate crisis is worsening faster than predicted, by every scientific measure, and is paralleled by another crisis: the failure of the U.N. climate negotiation process. “You have been negotiating all my life,” student activist Anjali Appadurai said as she addressed the formal climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, back in 2011. The climate negotiations have been in a virtual gridlock, with nations, most notably the United States under President Obama, blocking ...

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Citizen Journalist Arrested, Jailed for Asking Wisconsin Politician a Question
Carl Gibson
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“Oh shit, they’ve got four cops coming after me! You guys, they’ve got four cops coming after me for asking questions on camera. Five! Five cops on me, for asking a question…Seven officers!” -Miles Kristan, July 31, 2014, minutes before his arrestThe Arrest29 year-old Miles ...

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NOC BULLHORN

Climate Change

The People's Climate March has been billed as the largest demonstration of its kind in history.

Climate Change

Today, people will be arriving in New York City for the historic People’s Climate March.

Fracking

A declaration calling for an immediate end to fracking is on the table.

Tar Sands

Now six years into the fight against Keystone XL pipeline, the opposition grew into a national movement that has united the world.

Health

According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 95 percent of adult urine samples contain BPA. This shocking statistic confirms the need to completely ban this chemical from daily exposure for the health and safety of humans.

Bee Protection

Not only do bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and many other such pollinators support the ecosystem, they provide healthy watershed and maintain terrestrial productivity.

Climate Change

Just days away from what's been billed as the “the largest climate mobilization in world history,” organizers behind the People‘s Climate March & Mobilization are putting the final details in place.

Animals

Japan announced Thursday that it plans to continue its “scientific” whaling program despite widespread criticism it faced at an international forum.

Dolphins

Already classified as critically endangered and on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List, Irrawaddy dolphins now face further extinction.

Climate Change

It's on! The biggest march and mobilization against climate crisis is about to make history.

Student Loans

As Occupy Wall Street marked its third anniversary on Wednesday, one offshoot group, Rolling Jubilee, made a historic achievement as the collective bought and abolished nearly $4 million in debt owed by thousands of students.

Education

A teacher in Florida is taking a stand against state-mandated standardized test and refusing to give them to her young students.

Environment

A way to move away from pollution and waste dependency is planting trees to increase sustainability and one company is offering a biodegradable urn be planted when a person dies to combat environmental pollution at cemeteries.

Fracking

E&B Natural Resources Management, an independent-based oil and gas company, has their sights set on the small, popular coastal city, Hermosa Beach in California as its newest oil drilling location.

China

A silent march through Hong Kong brought thousands of protesters together in a pro-democracy movement that’s quickly gaining ground.

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