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Philippines – Duterte 2 Years on: Destructive, Divisive, and Despotic (tags)

When Rodrigo Duterte won the presidency in 2016, some even among the left toyed early on with the idea that a “maverick” president could just be what the country needed to stir things up, and jolt us from almost 30 years of elite-dominated rule.

January 2017 Honduras coup update (tags)

The January update is up. First up is a call out from Copinh for actions in March, one year on from Bertha's murder, but also, her birth month, and Copinh's birth month. And there's been a report coming out from Global Witness on Honduras, the state reacted furiously to this. And in lawmaking, Honduran state wants to make it law that cops and soldiers kill people in Honduras - it happens but they want to make it law. And, a gunfiring violent eviction against another farmers occupation. Another journalist killed. Melon workers fight for their rights. 17 year old killed by soldier. Read more on the blog.

Philippines: The Contradictions of the Duterte Regime (tags)

Based on a talk delivered at All Leaders Meeting of BMP-Sanlakas-PLM at Claret Parish Church on July 13, 2016.

Puerto Rico Debt Bill Heads for Full House Vote (tags)

The House Committee on Natural Resources voted 29-10 to approve Puerto Rico debt legislation for consideration by the full House of Representatives.

Duterte offers cabinet posts to Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines (tags)

On Sunday (17 May 2016), Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president-elect, announced that his administration, which is due to take office on June 30, would restore capital punishment and issue shoot-to-kill orders to the police and military.

Puerto Rico Congressional Negotiations Intensify (tags)

The House Committee on Natural Resources is poised to release the newest draft of Puerto Rico legislation amid tense negotiations.

Congress Releases Draft Puerto Rico Bill to Address Financial Crisis (tags)

The House Committee on Natural Resources released draft legislation to address Puerto Rico's debt crisis.

Congressional Hearing Examines Puerto Rico Debt Crisis (tags)

The US House of Representatives held its second hearing on Puerto Rico's debt crisis this year. The hearing focused on potential legislative solutions including bankruptcy protection and an economic oversight board

Puerto Rico Cuts Services as Budget Gap Grows (tags)

Puerto Rico's government continues to cut public services as the economic crisis worsens. The Government Development Bank announced this week that the island's budget gap is $2 billion higher than expected. The prison system in Puerto Rico can no longer pay a vendor that feeds inmates. Some special education teachers are no longer being paid.

March 2015 Honduras coup update - during high school students strikes: 4 students assassin (tags)

A monthly update of news in Honduras of political persecution, and new practices and laws imposed, etc. This month is especially horrible and full on.

Ohio Kasich Adm. Teaches Children To Drown And Kill Animals (tags)

The tax money of 96% of Ohio citizens is being used to forcefeed propaganda through PBS and other tv stations, encouraging parents to train their children in the drowning and trapping of defenseless animals. Hunting licenses are sold to only 4% of Ohioans

In Ohio Governor Race, Disturbing Facts About John Kasich Emerge (tags)

Kasich's role in fleecing Ohio pension funds, his signing of a bill that rape counselors lose state funding for listing abortion as an option, his campaign prevarication about Fitzgerald license, etc etc.

Why Millions Will Vote Against Gov Kasich of Ohio (tags)

execution, promotion of war, killer vaccines, killing mass transit plans, inaction on factory farms etc

Corruption Scandal Rocks Turkey (tags)

Turkey

Groups urge world leaders to reject “Green Economy” in Rio+20 summit (tags)

MANILA, Philippines - Various cause-oriented groups warned the Philippine delegation and world leaders attending the three-day United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil not to fall into the trap of believing that the proposed "Green Economy" is "a tool and mechanism for sustainable development."

Nicaragua Sugar, pesticides and CKD (tags)

Important news media recently published an extensive report on chronic renal insufficiency (CRI), a disease suffered by peasants living in the Pacific region of Central America. The cause of this disease has not been scientifically proven, which could give rise to confusion in the management of this disturbing public health issue.

BOYCOTT TO FLOR DE CAÑA AND GRUPO PELLAS: THE TRUTH (tags)

Regardless of their leftist or rightist ideological position, all work unions at Nicaragua Sugar and Compañía Licorera, the Flor de Caña rum manufacturer, have pronounced themselves against the unfounded campaign by ANAIRC.

PHILIPPINES; A CAPITALIST CALAMITY (tags)

Filipinos now see more clearly the calamitous state of the system.In the morning of Sept. 26, tropical storm Ondoy (international codename: Ketsana) pounded Metro Manila and the surrounding regions, dumping a month’s worth of rain in just six hours and causing the most massive flooding seen in the last 40 years. A week later, super typhoon Pepeng (Parma) hit Northern Luzon, inundating farmland and causing mudslides in the mountainous mining region of Benguet, including Baguio City, a U.S.-designed community.

Obama Supports Food Inc.'s World Domination and All We Get Is the White House Garden? (tags)

While Michele Obama took the needed steps in tearing out the White House lawn and planting an organic garden, her husband isn't so quick to drop the old pandering to biotechnology habits of big agribusiness corporations. With Obama's chosen staff of Tom Vilsack, Rajiv Shah, and Islam Siddiqui we have a continuation of the revolving door between corporate agribusiness, biotechnology and government regulators.

GMA’s Handling of Typhoon Ondoy is the Real Disaster (tags)

In response to the devastation of Typhoon Ondoy, members of the national Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines (AJLPP) and the Filipino youth-based Daluyong Coordinating Committee are organizing Sagip-Tulong Sa Pilipinas (STP) Emergency Relief Fund Campaign. This campaign will raise material and monetary support for the typhoon victims and aims to raise $5,000 by Monday, October 5, and another $5,000 by Friday, October 16.

SNWA's 300 Mile Pipeline to Las Vegas Faces Growing Opposition (tags)

At a recent SNWA board meeting, the SNWA's proposed 300 mile pipeline from Snake Valley aquifer to Las Vegas has met with a few bumps in the road, mainly strong public opposition and increasing hesitancy on the part of SNWA board members to jump into this plan without a safety net. Though the SNWA board voted to continue seeking an EIS for the pipeline, the reality of future costs and risks of an overdrawn aquifer made several board members question their previous zealotry in following Gen. Manager Pat Mulroy down her pipeline's path for much longer.

California Budget Crisis (tags)

A petition to Governor Schwarzenegger and State Legislature regarding the California budget crisis

CDM IS COLONIALISM (tags)

There is a flurry of activities in the Philippine countryside spurred by the recent escalation of UN campaign on climate change. Forums, symposiums and trade shows, addressing the issues and technology are taking the character of a new cottage industry in the making. But what is remarkably noticeable is the proliferation of foreign companies peddling a plethora of items related to the UN initiative, from contraptions to capture fugitive emission to financing mechanisms and templates on organizational structures to facilitate a better chance of certification from pertinent UN bodies.

CORRUPTION, DEFPRETRATION. LANDSLIDES. DEATH AND MEA CULPA (tags)

“The reasons for the degradation of our forests are corruption and our own shortcomings,” admitted Secretary Lito Atienza of Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in a New Year message to his department personnel. A common knowledge among Filipinos, Atienza's admonishment, hardly created a ripple in Manila were ordinary citizens had almost but accepted corruption is an integral part of governance in the island nation.

Aussie Uranium Dumps Waste (tags)

Alleged environmental contamination at the Mount Gee Uranium deposit in the far north of South Australia is being investigated by the SA Government and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). (ABC News Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:25pm AEDT). The plan to extract seven billion dollars worth of Uranium ore has been controversial from the outset, with Mount Gee being situated in the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and the mining process posing considerable threat to the ecology of the area and the ancient aquifers connected to the Paralana hot springs, a site of significance for the Adnyamathanha people reports Nigel Carney on 17th January 2008.

Campesino Activist Assassinated in Brazil by Syngenta's Hired Thugs (tags)

Brazil's Movement of Landless Workers & La Via Campesinos activist camp attacked by hired assassins after protesting Syngenta's GMO/GE biotech crop monopolies..

Public Hearings on Sacto/San Joaquin Delta Crisis (tags)

This includes a reportback of the recent public hearing (10/4) and info on the next public hearing (10/8) in Sacto Capitol to save the Sacramento and San Joaquin delta smelt from extinction, ideas for water conservation, etc..

Hearing (7/31) on Cheney's role in Rio Klamath fish kill of 2002 (tags)

Despite previous warnings of an impending collapse of Klamath's riparian ecosystem, Cheney promised basin farmers far more water than could be delivered during a severe drought season of 2002. As predicted, low water flows resulted in a massive die-off of endangered Klamath Rio salmon, today Cheney is being held responsible for his deceptive manipulations of science for profit off of physically unavailable water..

Buffalo River Dene Nation Seeks International Justice (tags)

Buffola River Dene Nation's Press Release announcing its attempt to seek justice at the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Justice.

PHILIPPINES: The worst regime post-Marcos (tags)

AKBAYAN (Citizens Action Party) commemorates Martial Law with condemnation of worst regime post-Marcos.

Calderon as ExxonMobil's welcome mat via NAFTA/PPP (tags)

The historical pattern of ExxonMobil indicates their support for pro-NAFTA/PPP Calderon and possible takeover of Mexican owned Pemex by ExxonMobil corporation (restored monopoly)..

VENEZUELA'S BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION - ITS PROMISE AND PERILS (tags)

A review of the Bolivarian Revolution achievements and the threat to Hugo Chavez from the U.S.

BTL:Failure of Bush Administration's Clear Skies Initiative Activates... (tags)

...Regulations to Weaken Environmental Enforcement ~ Interview with John Walke, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's clean air program, conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus

Logic, Mythology and the Iraq War (tags)

The logical reasons why George W. Bush's rationalizations for the Iraq war are asinine and the discussions by pundits and so-called experts on corporate television are based on false assumptions and are ridiculous as well.

Essential Quotes For The Aware (tags)

These are bonafide and verifiable quotes of those in the know and in control. Rather chilling really. I would suggest saving them for reference.

BTL: Environmental Groups Rally Public to Oppose Bush-backed Energy Bill (tags)

Interview with Sharon Buccino, Natural Resources Defense Council conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus

Extremist Judicial Nominee Passes on Largely Partisan Vote (tags)

Victor Wolski’s ideology makes him uniquely unqualified for the Court of Federal Claims where he would decide whether taxpayers must pay corporations to comply with health, safety, environmental, and other safeguards.

INVITATION TO NAFTA ENVIRONMENT COMMISSION MEETING IN JUNE 2001 (tags)

Executive Director of the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), Janine Ferretti, invites you to attend the public meetings of the 8th regular session of the Council of the CEC and parallel events on 27-29 June 2001, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico ;)

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