CHRIS HEDGES – The ruling elites, who grasp that the reigning ideology of global corporate capitalism and imperial expansion no longer has moral or intellectual credibility, have mounted a campaign to shut down the platforms given to their critics. The attacks within this campaign include blacklisting, censorship and slandering dissidents as foreign agents for Russia and purveyors of â€œfake news.â€
PRESS RELEASE FROM ROGUE CLIMATE – Landowners, Tribes, and community groups are ready to stop the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and Jordan Cove LNG export terminal terminal for the third time in 12 years, following yesterdayâ€™s announcement by Veresen Inc. that it has filed its permit application for the project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
STEPHEN KINZER – In a democracy, no one should be comforted to hear that generals have imposed discipline on an elected head of state. That was never supposed to happen in the United States. Now it has.
PATRICK T. HILLER – â€œIt was the wrong speech, at the wrong time, to the wrong audience,â€ Swedish foreign Minister Margot WallstrÃ¶m expressed about what global and U.S. audiences helplessly had to endure during President Donald Trumpâ€™s September 19, 2017 address to the United Nations General Assembly. President Trump acted like a bully, but unaware that he showed up at the wrong playground.
BRANDON JORDAN – The company behind the Dakota Access pipeline and many other damaging fossil fuel projects â€” Energy Transfer Partners â€” was the focus of nearly 20 actions spanning 10 U.S. states last week. The #StopETP protests, which took place on Friday and Saturday, included a flotilla on a Louisiana bayou, a blockade of pipeline construction equipment in Pennsylvania and a demonstration outside the Texas home of CEO Kelcy Warren.
VANISSAR TARAKALI – We have all experienced it. We have inflicted it on ourselves or others. Subtle and not-so-subtle shaming, blaming and self-righteous ostracizing undermine social justice work. But letâ€™s say our community or social justice group decides to take these habitual shame and blame pitfalls seriously. Changing old habits is possible when we are focused and persistent. With that in mind, what can we do?
ROMAN KRZNARIC – Hereâ€™s something that might surprise you: One of the most powerful weapons we can use against far-right authoritarians like President Donald Trump has its roots in ancient philosophy. In particular, we can draw on the idea of carpe diem, or â€œseize the day,â€ a maxim penned by the Roman poet Horace. Let me explain.
PRESS RELEASE FROM AMERICA’S VOICE : TEXAS – As Hurricane Harveyâ€™s destruction and devastation continues across Texas and Louisiana, key elected, community, and thought leaders are looking towards the next step: rebuilding. Daniel Gross of Slate reports that Trumpâ€™s harsh and un-American immigration policies may have an unintended consequence â€“ hampering construction efforts in the aftermath of Harvey.
SARA FREEMAN-WOOLPERT – Red and yellow circus tents rose over the Rhineland farmland of western Germany last weekend, as over 6,000 climate justice activists converged for a series of action days to protest coal mining in the region. This included a mass civil disobedience campaign called Ende GelÃ¤nde (or Here and No Further), in which 3,000 participants illegally obstructed the coal mining infrastructure on Friday and Saturday.
MARSHALL TULLEY – Weâ€™ve all heard that cars are getting more efficient. But how exactly is this happening? Here are 9 innovations driving the increased efficiency.
RT NEWS – Germanyâ€™s top diplomat has backed the suggestion of Social Democrat (SPD) leader and Chancellor hopeful Martin Schulz, who has pledged to rid his country of US nukes. Washington, meanwhile, is pressing ahead to modernize its nuclear stockpile.
CAITLIN JOHNSTONE – The practice of invoking fallen soldiers in order to win debates about toxic US policies is obscene, illogical, and pernicious, and it needs to stop.
JENNIFER HOFMANN – It isn’t exactly the kind of situation you go looking for, pitching your tent mere miles from a forest inferno, sleeping on the ground zipped up into a sleeping bag. But it [is] exactly what is happening in America right now. On the precipice of danger, finding a way to live.
BETHAN MCKERNAN – â€˜I do not believe in building walls but building bridges,â€™ pacifist Noa Gur Golan says in rare case of IDF draft refusal. â€œWhen I was little, I dreamt of being an IDF war pilot,â€ says 19-year-old Noa Gur Golan. Now, however, the teenager is sitting in Military Prison 396 near Haifa. Sheâ€™s been branded a traitor and a coward. Itâ€™s not clear when she is going to be released, because sheâ€™s being detained for refusing to do her military service with the Israel Defence Force (IDF).
JOHN LAFORGE – The US public wants to know why North Korea is so paranoid, militarily hostile and boastful. LaForge answers.