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Who's Afraid of Shareholder Democracy? 20.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce , one of biggest corporate trade associations, and ALEC , one of biggest corporate lobbying groups are both startlingly hostile to shareholders. At two recent meetings in Washington DC, these two powerful groups -- who frequently hold themselves out as speaking for the business community -- grumbled about shareholders being too pushy. In particular ALEC and the Chamber don't like that one of the top topics of shareholder resolutions over the past few years has been transparency of political spending both in elections and in lobbying expenditures. Just this year, five public firms witnessed a majority of their shareholders vote in favor of such political transparency. Those firms in case you were curious are Sallie Mae , Lorillard and Valero Energy , where a majority voted for disclosure of lobbying — and Dean Foods and Smith & Wesson , where a majority voted for disclosure of campaign spending. Ownership, as they say, has its privileges. One of the points of buying stock ...
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Okinawa: The Small Island Trying to Block the U.S. Military’s 'Pivot to Asia' 20.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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NYC Police Violence Protests Compete With Police Supporters 20.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Scores of protesters denouncing police violence against non-whites rallied alongside dozens of supporters of New York City police officers on Friday in a tense standoff outside City Hall that comes amid weeks of mostly peaceful protests. It was one of the first counter-rallies by police supporters since the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man killed when officers were attempting to arrest him in July. The killing set off a wave of protests against the treatment of minority groups by police. On Friday about 100 pro-police demonstrators gathered on a sidewalk in lower Manhattan, separated from dozens of opposing protesters by a metal barricade. A contingent of uniformed officers cast a wary eye over the encounter. There was no violence. Jim and Kathleen Hall, 52 and 56, joined the rally to show support for their sons, one of whom is a New York police officer while the other is attending the Police Academy. "It's just a matter of respect," ...
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James Flacco Is Not An Elite Quarterback But Might Now Be An Enemy Of North Korea 20.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Baltimore Ravens may want to double check the security of their emails after President Barack Obama sort of named the team's quarterback , Joe Flacco, while discussing an international controversy involving Sony, North Korea, hackers and actor James Franco. "I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state mount an all-out assault on a movie studio because of a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco," Obama said during a press conference on Friday, via NFL.com . For comparison, here is a look at Franco and Flacco: James Franco: And here is what James Flacco might look like: James Flacco...according to President Obama pic.twitter.com/7jdPgu9Fq4 — Jim Rome (@jimrome) December 19, 2014 Obama's comments came one day after Sony canceled plans for the release of "The Interview," a film starring Franco and Seth Rogen. The comedy is about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and is believed to be the cause of a cyberattack that leaked ...
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'I Can't Breathe' Super PAC Formed To Honor Eric Garner 20.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Eric Garner ’s dying words are now the name of a federal super PAC. The “I Can’t Breathe PAC” received the Federal Election Commission’s stamp of approval this week after New Yorker Tarik Mohamed , a visual communications strategist for Outfront Media and a volunteer for Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign, filed paperwork registering the group. The super PAC is named to honor the man whose death in July while in New York City police custody — and captured on video — has sparked nationwide outrage and protests . Mohamed said he got the idea for the super PAC , which may raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to advocate for or against political candidates, while participating in a recent “die-in” in New York City’s Grand Central Station protesting police mistreatment of minorities. “It’s about capturing that social inertia and giving it a political voice, not just a voice in the street, but a voice in the airwaves come election time,” Mohamed told the Center for Public Integrity . Mohamed said ...
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We Can't Breathe: The Chokehold on Democracy and Justice in America 20.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Eric Garner's dying cry, "I can't breathe," has become a rallying cry of protest from demonstrators in major cities across the country. Last weekend, the Notre Dame women's basketball team wore warm-up shirts emblazoned with that pathetic phrase. That phrase has had such resonance across America that Fred Shapiro, author of the annual Yale Book of Quotations, made "I can't breathe" the top quote of the year in 2014 . The phrase has, to an extent, transcended the liberal versus conservative divide. After watching the video, Fox News' leading pundit, Bill O'Reilly, was moved to express his disapproval of Garner's treatment: "All Americans, every one of us, should pity Mr. Garner and his family. He did not deserve what happened to him; and I think Officer Pantaleo and every other American police officer, everyone, would agree with me. He didn't deserve that." Although many feel sorry for Eric Garner and his family, not everyone agrees with O'Reilly. Bob McManus of the New York Post wrote that Garner was to ...
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Progressives Chalk Up A Win As Obama Nominee Michael Boggs Goes Down 19.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Progressive groups and Democratic lawmakers fought all year to sink President Barack Obama's nominee Michael Boggs. And this week, they won. The Senate adjourned Tuesday without taking any action on Boggs' nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. That means his nomination has expired and Obama will have to renominate him next year for Boggs to still have a shot at the lifetime post. NARAL Pro-Choice America, one of Boggs' biggest critics, has been celebrating all week. "The great news: our voices were heard! Altogether, more than 40,000 NARAL members and countless progressive activists joined together to protect our courts and stop Boggs from getting a lifetime position," reads a post that NARAL plastered all over social media. NARAL's posts include a graphic that breaks down how much Democratic opposition Boggs drew over the year: 40,000 NARAL members contacted their lawmakers in opposition, 41 progressive advocacy groups announced their opposition and 12 ...
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Economic Update: Capitalism's Christmas Presents 19.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Economic Update  is in partnership with  Truthout.org Your radio station needs Economic Update! If you are a radio station,  check this out . If you want to hear Economic Update on your favorite local station,  send them this . Visit Professor Wolff's social movement project,  democracyatwork.info. Permission to reprint Professor Wolff's writing and videos is granted on an individual basis. Please contact    profwolff@rdwolff.com to request permission. We reserve the right to refuse or rescind permission at any ...
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Violence in Mexico, the US Connection and the New Mexican Revolution: An Interview with John Ackerman 19.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
December 6, 2014: A march is held for the 43 abducted students. (Photo: Somos El Medio ) Academic John Ackerman explores the sources of growing dissatisfaction in Mexico and sheds light on how the US connection perpetuates Mexico's social inequalities, endemic violence and authoritarian government. December 6, 2014: A march is held for the 43 abducted students. (Photo: Somos El Medio ) Like everything we’ve published in 2014, this story was made possible by our readers! Will you join the community that supports Truthout by donating today? The disappearance and likely massacre of 43 students from the rural teachers' school of Ayotzinapa in Mexico September 26 has provoked shock and outrage internationally. Within Mexico, in addition to unprecedented levels of public anger, it has raised serious doubts about the sustainability of President Enrique Peña Nieto's mode of government, with its aggressively neoliberal economic program and levels of violence as high or higher than under his predecessor, Felipe ...
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Headlines for December 19, 2014 19.12.2014 Democracy Now!
U.S. General: Turning Point Against ISIS Will Take At Least 3 Years, Iraq: Kurdish Forces Break Siege of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar, Syria: 230 Islamic State Victims Found in Mass Grave, ISIS Leaders Killed as WikiLeaks Publishes Docs on CIA Doubts About "High-Value" Assassinations, Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills 30, Kidnaps 200 in Village of Gumsuri, Report: Attorney Sought to Free U.S. Hostage in FBI-Backed Bid, Pakistan Kills 67 Militants, Revives Death Penalty After School Massacre, New Jersey Hopes Cuba Thaw Will Bring Capture of Black Panther Assata Shakur, U.S. Prosecutors Sue New York City over Abuse of Teens at Rikers Jail, Colombia Rejects Terms of FARC Ceasefire Offer, Obama Signs Sanctions Bills on Venezuela, Russia, U.S. Strengthens Protections for Transgender Workers, Obama Signs Measure Ending Social Security Payments to Nazis, U.S. Would Veto Resolution to End Occupation of Palestinian Territories, Chevron Halts Plans to Drill for Oil in the Arctic, Peru: Environmental Defender Wins Court Victory ...
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The time has come to start policing Canada's police. 19.12.2014 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
While deeply distressing stories percolate up from south of the border of rampant, unpunished, racist police violence across the United States, Canada is hardly immune from the arbitrary and shocking violence and aggression directed by police officers at entirely innocent people. Violence and abuse that just as regularly occurs without consequence for the officers or departments here as well. This past week alone two truly appalling cases of what can only be described as outright, naked and obvious police violence with impunity surfaced that both involved women who were not only obviously and manifestly not a "threat" to the officers in question, but who had also done absolutely nothing ...
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Ali Soufan Battled the System to End Torture. He's Finally Winning. 19.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Ali Soufan is a former FBI agent who's spent a decade speaking out against torture. He helped expose CIA "enhanced interrogation techniques," and left the Bureau partly because of the agency's excessive use of it. While the details in the Senate torture report elicited an international gasp of horror, Soufan's activism says a lot about America, which I hope we'll appreciate in the months to come. Soufan's FBI career began when he was a political science major at Mansfield University and the VP for Student Affairs said he should take the FBI test. Almost on a whim, he did, and was accepted. A native of Lebanon, his family had moved to the U.S. to escape the violence. Soufan continued to keep tabs on the Mideast and warned officials in the 1990s about a man named Osama bin Laden. His investigative skills, combined with a razor-sharp memory, persistence, and his ability to piece together evidence that others may not have seen were noticed at the FBI, in particular by National Security Division head, John ...
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'I Can't Breathe': Eric Garner's Last Words Symbolize Our Predicament 19.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When Eric Garner was held in a chokehold on Staten Island on July 17, 2014, by New York City police officer Daniel Panteleo, he yelled 11 times, "I can't breathe." The medical examiner's office ruled Garner's death a homicide caused by " compression of the neck (chokehold), compression of the chest and being forced to lie in a prone position during physical restraint by police." A Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict officer Panteleo or any of the other officers present that day and did not hold them responsible for the chokehold death of Eric Garner. Those who caused his death are free to live without facing any charges. Eric Garner's last words ring loudly in our memory: "I can't breathe." "I can't breathe" has become a slogan for the people, led by young African Americans, who have taken to social media and the streets to protest the killing of unarmed African Americans, challenging a system that fails to indict and calling for greater equality. African Americans have a degree of freedom ...
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ACLU Lawsuit Says Ferguson School District Discriminates Against African-Americans 19.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday against a school district that serves children in Ferguson, Missouri, claiming that the election process for the district’s school board puts local black voters at a disadvantage. The Ferguson-Florissant School District, located in the greater St. Louis area, uses an at-large system to elect the members of its school board. The federal lawsuit claims that this system dilutes the black vote , causing blacks to be underrepresented on the board. Seventy-seven percent of the district's students are black, but only one of the seven board members is. Ferguson and the surrounding towns have gained worldwide attention in recent months following the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, in August. After Brown was killed by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, there were widespread protests in the area and the district delayed the start of school by more than a week. In November, after it was announced that a grand jury would not ...
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Most Of The Coastal U.S. Will See Over 30 Days Of Flooding Due To Sea Level Rise, NOAA Projects 19.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Most coastal regions of the United States will see 30 or more days of flooding by 2050 thanks to sea level rise, according to new research the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released Thursday. NOAA's researchers looked at the anticipated frequency of what the National Weather Service considers nuisance flooding , which are floods that are 1 to 2 feet over the regular local high tide and are enough to cause problems but not pose active threats to human life. Some areas of the U.S. are already seeing increased flooding, the researchers said, and it's only going to get worse. "Coastal communities are beginning to experience sunny-day nuisance or urban flooding, much more so than in decades past. This is due to sea level rise," William Sweet, an oceanographer at NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services and the report's coauthor, said in a statement. "Unfortunately, once impacts are noticed, they will become commonplace rather quickly." The research was ...
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New process turns biomass 'waste' into chemical products 18.12.2014 Environmental News Network
A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets. A team of researchers from Purdue University's Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels, or C3Bio, has developed a process that uses a chemical catalyst and heat to spur reactions that convert lignin into valuable chemical commodities. Lignin is a tough and highly complex molecule that gives the plant cell wall its rigid structure.
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Closing in on ALS? Link Between Lethal Disease and Algae Explored 18.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Residents of Toledo, Ohio, lost drinking water for days this summer when toxins from a Lake Erie algal bloom were found in the water supply. (Photo: Jeff Reutter / Ohio Sea Grant )For 28 years, Bill Gilmore lived in a New Hampshire beach town, where he surfed and kayaked. “I’ve been in water my whole life,” he said. “Before the ocean, it was lakes. I’ve been a water rat since I was four.” Now Gilmore can no longer swim, fish or surf, let alone button a shirt or lift a fork to his mouth. Earlier this year, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. In New England, medical researchers are now uncovering clues that appear to link some cases of the lethal neurological disease to people’s proximity to lakes and coastal waters. About five years ago, doctors at a New Hampshire hospital noticed a pattern in their ALS patients – many of them, like Gilmore, lived near water. Since then, researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center have identified several ALS hot spots ...
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Richmond to Ferguson: A Meditation on Solidarity and Being an Ally 18.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Nov. 25, protesters rallying against the Ferguson grand jury's decision gathered outside of John Marshall courthouse in downtown Richmond. Signs in their hands and chants on their lips, the crowd buzzed with somber energy, but quieted just enough to allow the organizers and speakers to be heard. As speakers addressed the crowd, the overarching themes of the uphill struggle for racial justice were highlighted -- sometimes accidentally, but accurately nonetheless. The crowd encompassed every age group, but college students from Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Union University, among others, were the biggest demographic. Jackie Robinson, a social work major from VCU, took to the mic and started with a shout-out to her college peers. "You know, our generation, they think that we're the lazy generation," she said. "That we're sitting behind computers and we talk about the issues, but we're not really out here to fight. And this shows that no, we're about the movement... Mike Brown, he got ...
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What Makes Nonviolent Movements Explode? 18.12.2014 Truthout.com
Occupy Wall Street March 16, 2012. (Photo: Michael Fleshman ) Why are some protests ignored and forgotten while others explode, dominating the news cycle for weeks and becoming touchstones in political life? For all of those seeking to promote change, this is a critical question. And it was a particularly pressing concern after the financial meltdown of 2008. In the years following the crash, America entered into its worst economic crisis in three quarters of a century. The unemployment rate reached into double digits, something that had not happened in the lifetimes of more than a third of all Americans. State governments reported record demand for food stamps. And yet, debate in Washington, D.C. — influenced by the activism of the insurgent Tea Party — revolved around cutting the budget and trimming social programs. "We were basically having an insane national discussion," remarked economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. It took an outburst of popular action to change this. And that ...
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White House Refuses to Meet with Grieving Black Mothers Whose Sons Were Executed by Cops 18.12.2014 Truthout.com
December 10, 2014: DC Vigil For Delegation Of Grieving Mothers. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian ) "The women will come to Washington to advocate for changing existing laws that provide legal loopholes that allow police to kill their children with impunity." With Washington reeling from the spontaneous uprisings against police terror that continue nationwide, the Obama administration announced the formation of a commission to investigate police terror against African-American communities and especially its men and boys. Not since the 1960's civil rights movement has the country experienced a popular uprising that cuts across this broad a spectrum of American society's racial and generational barriers. Only two years shy of leaving Washington, the Obama Administration has finally moved to address the most fundamental social and political crises beleaguering the African-American community: police brutality and mass incarceration. Yet the president's choice of former DC police chief , Charles Ramsey— "known for ...
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