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Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground 21.12.2014 AP Business
RIO GRANDE, Nicaragua (AP) -- As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run."...
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Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground 21.12.2014 World
RIO GRANDE, Nicaragua (AP) — As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to ...
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War, cold take toll on Ukraine children 20.12.2014 CNN: Top Stories
More than 1.7 million children in conflict-torn areas of eastern Ukraine face an "extremely serious" situation, the U.N. children's agency has warned, with their suffering exacerbated by harsh winter weather.
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An Energy Access Entrepreneur's Response to Bill Gates: Lead or Get Out of the Way 19.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
During all the planning, pontificating, number crunching and debating going on this year, it's apparent to me that folks in the energy access world are missing a very simple point: families need clean, safe energy today. I have spent the better part of a decade on the ground providing energy products and services to last mile villages in India. I've lived, worked and understood my customers' needs, aspirations and most grave challenges. It makes me profoundly happy that this issue finally found resonance in global debates that include the likes of Bill Gates - but I need to set a few things straight. Centralized generation in the best case scenario will take decades to provide power to those without it. Meanwhile, the rural villages forced to wait in the dark have given up the hope that those wires will ever reach them. Decentralized generation like retail solar power, provides a light in the darkness today. Around the world there are 1.3 billion people with no wires or electricity at all. These are ...
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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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Urbanism Hall of Fame: Enrique Peñalosa leads Bogotá’s inclusive urban transformation 19.12.2014 THE CITY FIX
This is the seventh entry in the Urbanism Hall of Fame series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series is intended to inform people about the leading paradigms surrounding sustainable transport and urban planning and the thinkers behind them. By presenting their many stories, TheCityFix ...
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Taking the fight for housing rights to court 18.12.2014 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Thursday, December 18, 2014 Earlier this year, we considered the Ontario Superior Court's decision on the landmark Charter application regarding housing rights in Tanudjaja et al. v. the Attorney General (Canada) ("Tanudjaja"). Last week, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision on a landmark Charter application on housing rights. Safia Lakhani considers what it means for the housing rights struggle in ...
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The Faces of Senior Poverty Are Likely Women of Color 17.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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NYS Public Service Commission Action Will Help Tenants, Low-Income Customers and Others Lacking Rooftop Access Go Solar 17.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Nathanael Greene, Director of Renewable Energy Policy, New York City: For New Yorkers like me, who’ve wanted to put solar panels on their roofs but found it wasn’t feasible, there’s some excellent news, thanks to an effort NRDC and others helped initiate at the New York State Public Service Commission...
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Mitch McConnell: Keystone XL Pipeline Will Be My First Bill 17.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who will take charge of the chamber next month when the new GOP-led Congress takes office, offered a taste of his priorities Tuesday, telling reporters the first action taken on his watch will be passing a bill to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. A bill offered by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) that would mandate the construction of the pipeline from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast almost passed in the waning days of this Congress. It would be nearly certain to succeed in a Republican-led Senate, much as it has repeatedly passed in the GOP-led House. "The first item up in the new Senate will be the Keystone XL pipeline, the Hoeven bill," McConnell told reporters at his final Capitol Hill news conference of the year. "It will be open for amendment, and I hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments," McConnell said. "There will be no effort to try to micromanage the amendment process. But we'll move ...
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Mitch McConnell: Keystone Pipeline Will Be My First Bill 17.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who will take charge of the chamber next month when the new GOP-led Congress takes office, offered a taste of his priorities Tuesday, telling reporters the first action taken on his watch will be passing a bill to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. A bill offered by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) that would mandate the construction of the pipeline from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast almost passed in the waning days of this Congress. It would be nearly certain to succeed in a Republican-led Senate, much as it has repeatedly passed in the GOP-led House. "The first item up in the new Senate will be the Keystone XL pipeline, the Hoeven bill," McConnell told reporters at his final Capitol Hill news conference of the year. "It will be open for amendment, and I hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments," McConnell said. "There will be no effort to try to micromanage the amendment process. But we'll move ...
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At the Heart of COP20: Loss and Damage 17.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Emissions-Cutting Deal Reached at COP 20 Lima, but Will It Help Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change? 16.12.2014 Truthout.com
After more than 30 hours of extended talks, a global agreement on climate change was reached over the weekend at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries agreed to a new deal that forms the basis for a global agreement on addressing climate change. Supporters say it marks the first time all nations have agreed to cut back on carbon emissions. The final draft says all countries have "common but differentiated responsibilities" to deal with global warming. The countries most dissatisfied with the outcome in Lima were those who are poor and already struggling to rebuild from the impacts of climate change. We host a roundtable with guests from three continents: in Peru, Suzanne Goldenberg, U.S. environment correspondent for The Guardian; in London, Asad Rehman, head of international climate for Friends of the Earth; and in New Delhi, Nitin Sethi, associate editor at Business Standard. TRANSCRIPT: AMY GOODMAN: After more than 30 hours of extended talks, ...
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5 Really Big Myths About 'Next Generation' Civil Rights and the Fight for an Open Internet 15.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As Black communities emerge from the shadows of criminalization, hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter have jumped off the computer screen and into the street. Beyond sparking a long-awaited new civil rights movement, they are also catalyzing an amazing 21st century model for civil rights activism . The genius and passion of this "next generation" of civil rights leaders, set the nation ablaze in response to the murders of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Michael Brown, and other Black people. Their public cry that all Black lives matter has echoed far beyond the narrow halls of mainstream cable news. On the open Internet, this new generation of leaders has crafted an amazing story, in their own voices, that rejects the criminalization and lifts up the humanity of Black communities. The reason the open Internet has been such a powerful tool for change for this generation of leaders is because, unlike other media platforms, broadband has historically been protected by non-discrimination rules. ...
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Neighbors Don't Let Neighbors Frack 14.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Extracting natural gas through hydraulic fracturing threatens all that's good about my upstate New York community. All my life, I’ve been a good citizen. I vote. I volunteer. I know my neighbors. Moreover, I take care of my property. I garden. I make jams and jellies to give away for Christmas. In short, I fulfill my obligations as a rural homeowner. Still, there’s one additional step I’ve taken to be a good neighbor: I’ve signed a pledge to resist fracking in New York State. I moved with my family to the small city of Ithaca in upstate New York five years ago. We were drawn to the natural beauty here and the innovative local economy, which has one of the fastest growing organic and family farming sectors in the country. Here in Ithaca, crop mobs — large groups of volunteers — show up at local farms to plant and harvest alongside our hardest working neighbors: the farmers. A network is growing, too, to provide low-income residents with access to locally grown, healthy, organic produce. We’re on the ...
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At the Heart of COP20: Loss and Damage 14.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Bianca Jagger at COP20, at the Ministry of Defence, Lima Peru I am writing from Lima, Peru, where the 20th Conference of Parties (COP) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was supposed to be coming to a close... there has been wrangling all night, the closing plenary of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) has finished without a concrete result. The COP President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal was meeting with countries and country blocs to see if agreement can be reached before decision-makers return home. The name of the outcome document that will result at Lima has been discussed. In the past we have had the Kyoto Protocol, the Copenhagen Accord, the Cancun Agreement, the Durban Platform and the Warsaw Framework. The name 'Lima Action Platform is being suggested, or LAP.' 'LAP' may end up standing for 'Lack of Action and Progress.' Over the past thirteen days world leaders and representatives from 195 countries, members of the business ...
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Juncker says UK 'beating up' poor European immigrants 13.12.2014 World
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker accused Britain's prime minister of "beating up" poor European immigrant workers with plans to restrict their access to public assistance, The Guardian reported Saturday. Juncker, whose appointment as commission chief was bitterly opposed by Prime Minister David Cameron, warned that proposals outlined last month to restrict low wage European workers' access to tax credits and social housing could eventually threaten Britain's key financial sector. "Especially in Great Britain, which always fought for the enlargement of the European Union, there has to be an end to discrimination against countries just because it goes down well topically when you beat up others," he was quoted as saying by The Guardian during a television panel discussion in Austria. Cameron has dampened talk of restricting the number of European workers moving to Britain following German leader Angela Merkel's cool response, and has instead shifted his focus to welfare ...
Meeting the housing needs of Aboriginal people moving to Winnipeg 12.12.2014 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Winnipeg is home to Canada's largest Aboriginal population. Aboriginal people, however, are among the most likely to experience homelessness and are also over-represented in housing that is unaffordable, overcrowded or in poor condition. Finding housing has become a wall preventing many Aboriginal people from successfully making Winnipeg home. Moving to the City: Housing and Aboriginal Migration to Winnipeg documents the housing experiences of Aboriginal people moving to ...
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Neighbors Don’t Let Neighbors Frack 11.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Faith, Inc. and Criminal Justice Reform 11.12.2014 Truthout.com
(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout )To read more stories like this, visit Smoke and Mirrors: Inside the New 'Bipartisan Prison Reform' Agenda Nothing about religion in the public sphere is uncomplicated. And those attendant complications permeate the juggernaut of so-called “bipartisan prison/criminal justice reform.” Many liberal/progressive communities of faith, advocacy organizations, pundits, and politicians have been reluctant, if not reflexively averse, to engaging these issues in any but the most simplistic or reactive ways. The result is that the evangelical Christian Right, in concert with “unfettered free market/everything’s a commodity” corporate interests, now dominates the terrain of sentencing and corrections reform. The exception may be the movement to abolish the death penalty . Here’s a brief primer on how this is playing out and what it means for us for the future. Background: Religious Involvement in Prison Work and Reform Religious and spiritual communities have always played ...
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