2018-08-14: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2018-08-14). AP Investigation: Behind the Scenes in Yemen, U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Is Working with al-Qaeda. democracynow.org The U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has repeatedly cut secret deals with al-Qaeda, even paying its fighters to retreat from towns or join the coalition, a bombshell Associated Press investigation has revealed. The AP probe accuses the United States of being aligned with al-Qaeda in the fight against Yemen's Houthi rebels, despite claiming to be fighting the extremist group in the region. One senior tribal leader told the AP, "Al-Qaeda wasn't defeated. It didn't fight in the first place." We speak with Maggie Michael, one of the three reporters for the Associated Press who broke the story, headlined "U.S.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-08-14). Chevron Must Pay for Environmental Damage in Ecuador, Court Rules. truthout.org The Constitutional Court of Ecuador has issued a long-awaited ruling in favor of those affected by the transnational oil company Chevron, which operated through its subsidiary Texaco in Ecuador between 1964 and 1990. The court rejected the protection action that the company filed in 2013. | In the 151-page ruling, the court denied Chevron's claim of violation of constitutional rights. Chevron will now have to pay $9.5 billion for the repair and remediation of social and environmental damage that — according to audits and expert reports — were a result of oil company operations in the Amazonian provinces of Sucumbíos and Orellana. | The benchmark decision on the pollution case came after the court found that Chevron deliberately dumped billions of gallons of toxic oil waste. The waste was dumped in the Amazon rainforest on indigenous lands. | The…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-08-14). What Happens When a Pipeline Runs Afoul of Government Rules? truthout.org

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| A week ago, the federal government halted work on a massive pipeline project that runs from Northern West Virginia through Southern Virginia. | The government said it had no choice but to order work on the multibillion-dollar Mountain Valley Pipeline stopped after a federal appeals court ruled that two federal agencies had neglected to follow important environmental protections when they approved the project.

Manuel García, Jr. (2018-08-14). Climate Change Bites Big Business. counterpunch.org "Electoral politics is not the solution to the Earth-threatening problems we face." — Jeffrey St. Clair, 10 August 2018, Counter Punch There is now no non-violent way to reverse climate change. Even with morally unrestrained action, it is probable that there is now no physical possibility of reversing climate change. The time for action was More

Celia Bottger (2018-08-14). Ireland dumps investments in fossil fuel companies. peoplesworld.org On Thursday, July 12th, a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic proved it was on the right side of history. | The Republic of Ireland passed a bill to divest its $370 million worth of investments in around 150 fossil fuel companies within five years. Should the bill pass the Irish Senate in September, which it is expected to do, Ireland will become the first country to fully divest from fossil fuels. | This action marks a huge step forward. | For years now, neighborhood climate activists have pressured cities, universities, and governments to divest their holdings in fossil fuel companies. The idea is to defund and denounce the industry that contributes the most to climate change, funds climate denial, and prevents climate action. | With its divestment bill, Ireland will join a group of almost 900 cities, universities, and…

teleSUR / mv-MH (2018-08-14). Bolivia Urges Colombia Not to Leave Unasur. telesurtv.net "Unasur is the natural space of integration that constitutes the hallmark of the peoples of the South because we are united by our history and by Mother Earth because we are Unasur."

Kate Aronoff (2018-08-14). "Hothouse Earth" Co-Author: The Problem Is Neoliberal Economics. theintercept.com "Throw people in jail, fine them, do whatever you need to do. But make sure you get the biophysical outcome. From what I've seen, market mechanisms don't always deliver that."

Peter Korzun (2018-08-14). Caspian Sea Convention Signed to Open New Prospects for Region. mintpressnews.com Good news came on Aug.12 — the Caspian Sea Day marked since 2007 by littoral states. A final comprehensive open-ended agreement to solve a major international controversial issue was clinched in Aktau, Kazakhstan. Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan signed a convention on the Caspian Sea's legal status — the Caspian Sea Convention (CSC). Providing clear guidelines for the collective use of the Sea, it puts an end to the international dispute that has lasted more than two decades. The agreement will ease tensions in the region and pave the way for lucrative energy projects as well as more military cooperation between the Caspian states. | The seabed holds about 50 billion barrels of oil and nearly 9 trillion cubic meters of natural gas in proven or probable reserves, which cost trillions of US dollars. The final delimitation of the seabed…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-13). Interior Sec. Zinke Blames "Radical Environmentalists," Not Climate Change, as 100+ Wildfires Rage. democracynow.org As more than 100 fires rage in the western United States, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrote an op-ed last week in USA Today about forest management on public lands that blamed "radical environmentalists" for the fires. "Most Americans get it, that climate change is no longer something we can just wish away with this administration," responds Joel Clement, who served as director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the U.S. Interior Department until July of 2017 and worked at the Interior Department for seven years. We also speak with Ben Lefebvre, an energy reporter for Politico who has done a series of stories…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-13). Meet the Two Protesters Who Confronted Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke over Corruption & Climate Change. democracynow.org We go to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to speak with Sallie Holmes and Jesse Brucato, who interrupted a speech by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday. Zinke has faced 14 federal misconduct investigations since joining President Trump's cabinet. The protesters asked Zinke about his alleged ethical lapses and questioned why he refuses to acknowledge the role of climate change in the wildfires raging across the western United States. We are also joined by Politico reporter Ben Lefebvre, who broke the stories linking Zinke to a real estate deal with energy giant Halliburton's chairperson David Lesar.

John Davis (2018-08-13). California: Waging War on Wildfire. counterpunch.org It was the replacement of a mosaic of Indian lifeways and their managed wildlands with the uniformly materialist, rapacious and ecologically ignorant American monoculture with its factory farming, forestry practices, irrigation, industrialization and urban sprawl along with steel and concrete transport corridors that have created the conditions (yes, exacerbated by global warming) for the California conflagrations. More

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-08-13). More American Troops to Afghanistan, To Keep the Chinese Out? Lithium and the Battle for Afghanistan's Mineral Riches. globalresearch.ca Trump calls for escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Why? Is he going after the bad guys, or is it something else? Afghanistan has significant oil, natural gas and strategic raw material resources, not to mention opium, a multibillion dollar industry which feeds America's illegal heroin market.

Middle East Monitor (2018-08-13). Iran, Russia And 3 Other Nations Settle Decades-Long Dispute Over Caspian Sea. iranian.com Iran and four ex-Soviet nations, including Russia, agreed in principle on Sunday how to divide up the potentially huge oil and gas resources of the Caspian Sea, paving way for more energy exploration and pipeline projects. However, the delimitation of the seabed — which has caused most disputes — will require additional agreements between littoral […]

Kate Aronoff (2018-08-13). DNC Pretends Respect for Workers Requires It to Take Corporate PAC Money From Big Oil. theintercept.com The workers that the DNC alleges to be looking out for would have been free to donate to Democrats even with the ban on fossil fuel dollars in place.

wsws.org (2018-08-13). Australian prime minister delivers an anxious speech on relations with China. wsws.org There is evident alarm that the Trump administration's protectionism could have flow-on effects for Australian exporters and throw into doubt Washington's global reliability.

wsws.org (2018-08-13). Death toll rises to almost 400 after another Indonesian earthquake. wsws.org Residents of Lombok have expressed mounting frustration over the inadequate government response to a series of deadly quakes.

Zaid Jilani (2018-08-10). Democrats Complain About Green Party "Spoilers," but Few in Congress Back a Solution: Ranked-Choice Voting. theintercept.com Recent Midwestern election results have generated criticism of so-called spoiler candidates. A bill in the House could help, but only five in Congress have signed on.

Kristine Mattis (2018-08-10). Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist's Perspective on the Environmental Crisis. counterpunch.org We're an egoistical, delusional lot, us humans. We're the only species on the planet who despoils its own life support system and who does not live within biological limits. Does that make us the most intelligent or least intelligent species? Preservation of our environment remains well toward the bottom of our priorities. Personally and collectively, More

John Nichols (2018-08-09). Rashida Tlaib Is Running for Congress on a Mission to Expand Civil-Rights Protections. thenation.com Rashida Tlaib Is Running for Congress on a Mission to Expand Civil-Rights Protections appeared first on The Nation.

Democracy Now! (2018-08-09). Experts: If We Don't Stop Climate Change, CA Fires "Will Seem Mild In Comparison to What's Coming" democracynow.org The Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California is now the largest wildfire ever recorded in California's history. It started burning in July—the state's hottest month on record. Of the 20 largest wildfires in California history, 15 have occurred since 2000. This year's fires have already burned nearly three times as many acres as the same time last year. Experts say climate change has increased the length of fire season. In Oakland, California, we speak with Michael Brune, the director of the Sierra Club. We also speak with Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State Univer…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-06). "Earth Will Be Annihilated": On 73rd Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing, a Warning Against Nuclear War. democracynow.org Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the United States' atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, which killed 140,000 people and seriously injured another 100,000. In remembrance, we turn to the words of a Hiroshima survivor, or hibakusha. Koji Hosokawa was 17 years old when the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. His 13-year-old sister Yoko died in the bombing. He gave us a tour of the city when Democracy Now! was in Japan in 2014. He spoke to us near the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few structures in the city that survived the atomic blast.

Democracy Now! (2018-08-06). Headlines for August 6, 2018. democracynow.org Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Survives Apparent Assassination Attempt by Drone, Trump Tweet Reveals He Lied Last Year About Son's 2016 Meeting with Russian Lawyer, Mendocino Complex Fire Now Fourth Largest in California History, Indonesia: 7.0-Magnitude Earthquake Kills 91, Death Toll Expected to Rise, Zimbabwe: Crackdown Against Opposition Activists Continues After Elections, South Sudan President & Rebel Leader Reach Peace Deal, Israeli Military Kills 2 Palestinian Protesters at Latest Gaza Demonstrations, In Racist Attacks, Trump Insults LeBron James, Don Lemon & Maxine Waters, Randy Moss Honors Victims…

Paul Dobson (2018-08-05). Venezuela's President Maduro Survives Assassination Attack On Live TV. venezuelanalysis.com Six arrests have already been made in the dramatic foiled terrorist attack.

Debbie S. Miller (2018-08-04). Fighting for a Way of Life in the Arctic. progressive.org The coastal plain, opened for oil drilling by the Trump Administration, is the birthplace and nursery for the Porcupine caribou herd, and land that the Gwich'in call, "The Sacred Place Where Life Begins."

Democracy Now! (2018-08-03). Body of Olivia Lone Bear Found in N. Dakota as Native Women Face Crisis of Murders, Disappearances. democracynow.org After an agonizing 9-month search, the body of Olivia Lone Bear was found Tuesday in a pickup truck submerged in a lake right by her house on the Fort Berthold Reservation. The mother of five went missing in late October in New Town, North Dakota. Her disappearance has sparked renewed attention to the disproportionately high rates of disappearance, rape and murder of Native American women across the United States. These already-alarming rates are particularly high in areas of oil extraction, like North Dakota's Bakken Shale, which is the origin point for the Dakota Access pipeline. We speak with Olivia Lone Bear'

Democracy Now! (2018-08-02). Extreme Weather Is Exploding Around the World. Why Isn't the Media Talking About Climate Change? democracynow.org Major corporate broadcast networks reported on July's 2-week global heat wave at least 127 times, but mentioned climate change only once. That's according to a report by Media Matters, which tracked coverage of the extreme weather by ABC, CBS and NBC. We host a panel discussion on the media's role in the climate change crisis, the fossil fuel industry and global warming-fueled extreme weather across the globe. We speak with Nathaniel Rich, writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine. His piece "Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change" was published August 1 in a special edition of The New Yo…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-02). "Losing Earth": How Humanity Came to Understand Climate Change & Failed to Act in Time. democracynow.org "Losing Earth." That's the title of The New York Times Magazine article by Nathaniel Rich published August 1 in a special edition of the magazine dedicated entirely to climate change. The story tracks the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989, the decade Rich claims that humankind first came to a comprehensive understanding of climate change but failed to address its extreme dangers while there was still time. The story was produced with the support of the Pulitzer Center. We speak with Nathaniel Rich, writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine.

Democracy Now! (2018-08-02). Rob Nixon: Gov't Inaction on Climate Change Is "Slow Violence" That Hits World's Poor the Hardest. democracynow.org With unprecedented fires, floods and heat waves sweeping the globe, 2018 is on track to be the fourth-hottest year on record. The regions most affected by the disastrous effects of global warming are overwhelmingly not the countries that have contributed the most to climate change. According to the 2018 Global Climate Risk Index released by the public policy group Germanwatch, the nine countries most affected by climate change in the past 20 years are developing nations, including Honduras, Haiti, Burma, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The Indian government says more than 500 people have died as a result of flooding and…

Paul Dobson (2018-07-26). Venezuela: Maduro Announces Economic Reforms Including Monetary Reconversion, Tax Breaks & Currency Control Changes. venezuelanalysis.com The measures also transfer an entire oilfield from PDVSA to the Central Bank.

Paul Dobson (2018-07-20). Trump Admin Closes Venezuela Sanctions Loophole in Favour of US Bondholders. venezuelanalysis.com The measure opens the way for seizures of Venezuela's US-based oil assets should the Maduro government default on PDVSA bond payments.

Cira Pascual Marquina (2018-07-20). Glimmers of Economic Recovery amid Mixed Reports about Venezuelan Oil Production. venezuelanalysis.com Lower levels of oil production have been reportedly offset by rising prices and reduced domestic consumption.

Paul Dobson (2018-07-12). Venezuela's Defunct National Assembly Attempts to Privatise Oil Industry. venezuelanalysis.com Grassroots movements have frequently denounced de facto back-door privatisation in PDVSA.

TEV (2018-07-05). China Approves US$5Bn Loan for Venezuelan Oil Development. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelan officials said Chinese cooperation opens up alternative networks outside the sanctions of the United States.

2018-08-14: Social Media Postees

AP Investigation: Behind the Scenes in Yemen, U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Is Working with al-Qaeda
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-14
The U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has repeatedly cut secret deals with al-Qaeda, even paying its fighters to retreat from towns or join the coalition, a bombshell Associated Press investigation has revealed. The AP probe accuses the United States of being aligned with al-Qaeda in the fight against Yemen's Houthi rebels, despite claiming to be fighting the extremist group in the region. One senior tribal leader told the AP, "Al-Qaeda wasn't defeated. It didn't fight in the first place." We speak with Maggie Michael, one of the three reporters for the Associated Press who broke the story, headlined "U.S.
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/14/ap_investigation_behind_the_scenes_in

What Happens When a Pipeline Runs Afoul of Government Rules?
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-14

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| A week ago, the federal government halted work on a massive pipeline project that runs from Northern West Virginia through Southern Virginia. | The government said it had no choice but to order work on the multibillion-dollar Mountain Valley Pipeline stopped after a federal appeals court ruled that two federal agencies had neglected to follow important environmental protections when they approved the project.
truthout.org/articles/what-happens-when-a-pipeline-runs-afoul-of-government-rules/

Chevron Must Pay for Environmental Damage in Ecuador, Court Rules
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-14
The Constitutional Court of Ecuador has issued a long-awaited ruling in favor of those affected by the transnational oil company Chevron, which operated through its subsidiary Texaco in Ecuador between 1964 and 1990. The court rejected the protection action that the company filed in 2013. | In the 151-page ruling, the court denied Chevron's claim of violation of constitutional rights. Chevron will now have to pay $9.5 billion for the repair and remediation of social and environmental damage that — according to audits and expert reports — were a result of oil company operations in the Amazonian provinces of Sucumbíos and Orellana. | The benchmark decision on the pollution case came after the court found that Chevron deliberately dumped billions of gallons of toxic oil waste. The waste was dumped in the Amazon rainforest on indigenous lands. | The…
truthout.org/articles/chevron-must-pay-for-environmental-damage-in-ecuador-court-rules/

Ireland dumps investments in fossil fuel companies
Celia Bottger | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-14
On Thursday, July 12th, a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic proved it was on the right side of history. | The Republic of Ireland passed a bill to divest its $370 million worth of investments in around 150 fossil fuel companies within five years. Should the bill pass the Irish Senate in September, which it is expected to do, Ireland will become the first country to fully divest from fossil fuels. | This action marks a huge step forward. | For years now, neighborhood climate activists have pressured cities, universities, and governments to divest their holdings in fossil fuel companies. The idea is to defund and denounce the industry that contributes the most to climate change, funds climate denial, and prevents climate action. | With its divestment bill, Ireland will join a group of almost 900 cities, universities, and…
peoplesworld.org/article/ireland-dumps-investments-in-fossil-fuel-companies/

Climate Change Bites Big Business
Manuel García, Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-14
"Electoral politics is not the solution to the Earth-threatening problems we face." — Jeffrey St. Clair, 10 August 2018, Counter Punch There is now no non-violent way to reverse climate change. Even with morally unrestrained action, it is probable that there is now no physical possibility of reversing climate change. The time for action was…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/14/climate-change-bites-big-business/

Bolivia Urges Colombia Not to Leave Unasur
teleSUR / mv-MH | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-14
"Unasur is the natural space of integration that constitutes the hallmark of the peoples of the South because we are united by our history and by Mother Earth because we are Unasur."
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Bolivia-Urges-Colombia-Not-to-Leave-Unasur-20180813-0005.html

Caspian Sea Convention Signed to Open New Prospects for Region
Peter Korzun | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-14
Good news came on Aug.12 — the Caspian Sea Day marked since 2007 by littoral states. A final comprehensive open-ended agreement to solve a major international controversial issue was clinched in Aktau, Kazakhstan. Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan signed a convention on the Caspian Sea's legal status — the Caspian Sea Convention (CSC). Providing clear guidelines for the collective use of the Sea, it puts an end to the international dispute that has lasted more than two decades. The agreement will ease tensions in the region and pave the way for lucrative energy projects as well as more military cooperation between the Caspian states. | The seabed holds about 50 billion barrels of oil and nearly 9 trillion cubic meters of natural gas in proven or probable reserves, which cost trillions of US dollars. The final delimitation of the seabed…
mintpressnews.com/caspian-sea-convention/247676/

Interior Sec. Zinke Blames "Radical Environmentalists," Not Climate Change, as 100+ Wildfires Rage
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-13
As more than 100 fires rage in the western United States, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrote an op-ed last week in USA Today about forest management on public lands that blamed "radical environmentalists" for the fires. "Most Americans get it, that climate change is no longer something we can just wish away with this administration," responds Joel Clement, who served as director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the U.S. Interior Department until July of 2017 and worked at the Interior Department for seven years. We also speak with Ben Lefebvre, an energy reporter for Politico who has done a series of stories…
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/13/interior_sec_zinke_blames_radical_environmentalists_not

Meet the Two Protesters Who Confronted Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke over Corruption & Climate Change
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-13
We go to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to speak with Sallie Holmes and Jesse Brucato, who interrupted a speech by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday. Zinke has faced 14 federal misconduct investigations since joining President Trump's cabinet. The protesters asked Zinke about his alleged ethical lapses and questioned why he refuses to acknowledge the role of climate change in the wildfires raging across the western United States. We are also joined by Politico reporter Ben Lefebvre, who broke the stories linking Zinke to a real estate deal with energy giant Halliburton's chairperson David Lesar.
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/13/meet_the_two_protesters_who_confronted

California: Waging War on Wildfire
John Davis | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-13
It was the replacement of a mosaic of Indian lifeways and their managed wildlands with the uniformly materialist, rapacious and ecologically ignorant American monoculture with its factory farming, forestry practices, irrigation, industrialization and urban sprawl along with steel and concrete transport corridors that have created the conditions (yes, exacerbated by global warming) for the California conflagrations.
counterpunch.org/2018/08/13/california-waging-war-on-wildfire/

More American Troops to Afghanistan, To Keep the Chinese Out? Lithium and the Battle for Afghanistan's Mineral Riches
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-13
Trump calls for escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Why? Is he going after the bad guys, or is it something else? Afghanistan has significant oil, natural gas and strategic raw material resources, not to mention opium, a multibillion dollar industry which feeds America's illegal heroin market.
globalresearch.ca/more-american-troops-to-afghanistan-to-keep-the-chinese-out-lithium-and-the-battle-for-afghanistans-mineral-riches-2/5605456

Iran, Russia And 3 Other Nations Settle Decades-Long Dispute Over Caspian Sea
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-08-13
Iran and four ex-Soviet nations, including Russia, agreed in principle on Sunday how to divide up the potentially huge oil and gas resources of the Caspian Sea, paving way for more energy exploration and pipeline projects. However, the delimitation of the seabed — which has caused most disputes — will require additional agreements between littoral […] | The post Iran, Russia And 3 Other Nations Settle Decades-Long Dispute Over Caspian Sea appeared first on The Ira…
iranian.com/2018/08/12/iran-russia-caspian-sea-dispute/

Australian prime minister delivers an anxious speech on relations with China
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-13
There is evident alarm that the Trump administration's protectionism could have flow-on effects for Australian exporters and throw into doubt Washington's global reliability.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/13/turn-a13.html

Death toll rises to almost 400 after another Indonesian earthquake
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-13
Residents of Lombok have expressed mounting frustration over the inadequate government response to a series of deadly quakes.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/13/indo-a13.html

Democrats Complain About Green Party "Spoilers," but Few in Congress Back a Solution: Ranked-Choice Voting
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-08-10
Recent Midwestern election results have generated criticism of so-called spoiler candidates. A bill in the House could help, but only five in Congress have signed on. | The post Democrats Complain About Green Party "Spoilers," but Few in Congress Back a Solution: Ranked-Choice Voting appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/08/10/ohio-special-election-ranked-choice-voting/

Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist's Perspective on the Environmental Crisis
Kristine Mattis | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
We're an egoistical, delusional lot, us humans. We're the only species on the planet who despoils its own life support system and who does not live within biological limits. Does that make us the most intelligent or least intelligent species? Preservation of our environment remains well toward the bottom of our priorities. Personally and collectively,…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/10/dying-of-consumption-while-guzzling-snake-oil-a-realists-perspective-on-the-environmental-crisis/

Rashida Tlaib Is Running for Congress on a Mission to Expand Civil-Rights Protections
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2018-08-09
Rashida Tlaib Is Running for Congress on a Mission to Expand Civil-Rights Protections appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/rashida-tlaib-running-congress-mission-expand-civil-rights-protections/

Experts: If We Don't Stop Climate Change, CA Fires "Will Seem Mild In Comparison to What's Coming"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-09
The Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California is now the largest wildfire ever recorded in California's history. It started burning in July–the state's hottest month on record. Of the 20 largest wildfires in California history, 15 have occurred since 2000. This year's fires have already burned nearly three times as many acres as the same time last year. Experts say climate change has increased the length of fire season. In Oakland, California, we speak with Michael Brune, the director of the Sierra Club. We also speak with Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State Univer…
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/9/experts_if_we_don_t_stop

"Earth Will Be Annihilated": On 73rd Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing, a Warning Against Nuclear War
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-06
Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the United States' atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, which killed 140,000 people and seriously injured another 100,000. In remembrance, we turn to the words of a Hiroshima survivor, or hibakusha. Koji Hosokawa was 17 years old when the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. His 13-year-old sister Yoko died in the bombing. He gave us a tour of the city when Democracy Now! was in Japan in 2014. He spoke to us near the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few structures in the city that survived the atomic blast.
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/6/earth_will_be_annihilated_on_73rd

Venezuela's President Maduro Survives Assassination Attack On Live TV
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-08-05
Six arrests have already been made in the dramatic foiled terrorist attack.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13976

Fighting for a Way of Life in the Arctic
Debbie S. Miller | progressive.org | 2018-08-04
The coastal plain, opened for oil drilling by the Trump Administration, is the birthplace and nursery for the Porcupine caribou herd, and land that the Gwich'in call, "The Sacred Place Where Life Begins."
progressive.org/dispatches/fighting-for-a-way-of-life-in-the-arctic-180804/

Body of Olivia Lone Bear Found in N. Dakota as Native Women Face Crisis of Murders, Disappearances
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-03
After an agonizing 9-month search, the body of Olivia Lone Bear was found Tuesday in a pickup truck submerged in a lake right by her house on the Fort Berthold Reservation. The mother of five went missing in late October in New Town, North Dakota. Her disappearance has sparked renewed attention to the disproportionately high rates of disappearance, rape and murder of Native American women across the United States. These already-alarming rates are particularly high in areas of oil extraction, like North Dakota's Bakken Shale, which is the origin point for the Dakota Access pipeline. We speak with Olivia Lone Bear'…
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/3/body_of_olivia_lone_bear_found

"Losing Earth": How Humanity Came to Understand Climate Change & Failed to Act in Time
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-02
"Losing Earth." That's the title of The New York Times Magazine article by Nathaniel Rich published August 1 in a special edition of the magazine dedicated entirely to climate change. The story tracks the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989, the decade Rich claims that humankind first came to a comprehensive understanding of climate change but failed to address its extreme dangers while there was still time. The story was produced with the support of the Pulitzer Center. We speak with Nathaniel Rich, writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine.
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/2/losing_earth_how_humanity_came_to

Rob Nixon: Gov't Inaction on Climate Change Is "Slow Violence" That Hits World's Poor the Hardest
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-02
With unprecedented fires, floods and heat waves sweeping the globe, 2018 is on track to be the fourth-hottest year on record. The regions most affected by the disastrous effects of global warming are overwhelmingly not the countries that have contributed the most to climate change. According to the 2018 Global Climate Risk Index released by the public policy group Germanwatch, the nine countries most affected by climate change in the past 20 years are developing nations, including Honduras, Haiti, Burma, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The Indian government says more than 500 people have died as a result of flooding and…
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/2/rob_nixon_govt_inaction_on_climate

Extreme Weather Is Exploding Around the World. Why Isn't the Media Talking About Climate Change?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-02
Major corporate broadcast networks reported on July's 2-week global heat wave at least 127 times, but mentioned climate change only once. That's according to a report by Media Matters, which tracked coverage of the extreme weather by ABC, CBS and NBC. We host a panel discussion on the media's role in the climate change crisis, the fossil fuel industry and global warming-fueled extreme weather across the globe. We speak with Nathaniel Rich, writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine. His piece "Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change" was published August 1 in a special edition of The New Yo…
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/2/extreme_weather_is_exploding_around_the

Venezuela: Maduro Announces Economic Reforms Including Monetary Reconversion, Tax Breaks & Currency Control Changes
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-07-26
The measures also transfer an entire oilfield from PDVSA to the Central Bank.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13967

Trump Admin Closes Venezuela Sanctions Loophole in Favour of US Bondholders
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-07-20
The measure opens the way for seizures of Venezuela's US-based oil assets should the Maduro government default on PDVSA bond payments.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13955

Glimmers of Economic Recovery amid Mixed Reports about Venezuelan Oil Production
Cira Pascual Marquina | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-07-20
Lower levels of oil production have been reportedly offset by rising prices and reduced domestic consumption.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13958

Venezuela's Defunct National Assembly Attempts to Privatise Oil Industry
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-07-12
Grassroots movements have frequently denounced de facto back-door privatisation in PDVSA.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13935

China Approves US$5Bn Loan for Venezuelan Oil Development
TEV | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-07-05
Venezuelan officials said Chinese cooperation opens up alternative networks outside the sanctions of the United States.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13918