Daily Archives: August 14, 2015

EU faces worst refugee crisis since Second World War – Migration Commissioner


euronews (in English)

Published on Aug 14, 2015

Migrants board a ferry for Athens after receiving travel documents on Kos.

Within sight of Turkey, the Greek island has seen increasing numbers of people arriving on its shores.

A cruise ship docked earlier on Friday to become a floating reception centre for up to 3,000 asylum seekers.

The sheer numbers arriving prompted the EU’s migration commissioner Dimitros Avramopoulos to say that Europe is facing the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. In a press conference he detailed how …
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Indigenous communities lead anti-government protests in Ecuador


euronews (in English)

Published on Aug 14, 2015

Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Ecuador to protest the President’s moves to seek a fourth term.

Indigenous demonstrators blocked roads in six of 24 provinces, while others made the 800km trek to the capital Quito calling for a general strike alongside trade unions.

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21 Young People Sue Obama Administration over Climate Change

And 21 young people in the United States have sued the Obama Administration over climate change. The federal lawsuit argues climate change violates the public trust doctrine, which requires the government to protect resources essential to the survival of future generations. In the suit, the 21 youths demand the court order federal agencies to develop a plan to decrease concentrations of carbon in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million by the year 2100. Renowned climate scientist James Hansen, who is a co-plaintiff on the suit, argues that it is essential to reduce carbon levels to this target in order to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

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‘US is ok with Japan’s rearming, danger to whole region’


RT

Published on Aug 14, 2015

Article 9 of Japan’s constitution states “the Japanese people forever renounce war” and will never have any other military potential.
But the goverment imposed a bill allowing the country to help its allies if there was a “threat to Japanese survival”.

Using force if there’s no other way to eliminate a threat to national security, is also allowed. The bill also comes at a time of rising tension surrounding the continued presence of the 23 U.S. military bases across Japan.

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Global Capitalism: July 2015 Monthly Update


RichardDWolff

Published on Jul 22, 2015

Global Capitalism: Monthly Economic Update

Richard D. Wolff
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 7:30pm
“Winners and Losers in Today’s Shifting Capitalism”
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Where: Judson Memorial Church
Assembly Hall
239 Thompson Street at
Washington Square, Manhattan

These programs begin with 30 minutes of short updates on important economic events of the last month. Then Wolff analyzes several major economic issues. For July 22nd, these will include:
1. Greece and the choking of Europe’s welfare state
2. Capitalism’s shift from “old centers” (north America, western Europe, and Japan) to “new centers” (China, India, Brazil, etc.) brings harsh politics
3. Financing workers coops as a better way forward

Professor Wolff’s Website: www.rdwolff.com

Professor Wolff’s Podcast: http://www.truth-out.org/economic-upd…

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New Orleans: Recovery or Removal?


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Published on Aug 14, 2015

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, a new documentary from The Laura Flanders Show and teleSUR English explores the race, class and gender outlines of the reconstruction of New Orleans.

At least seventy-one billion dollars in federal money has been spent. But has every opportunity been seized to bring back not just the place, but its people, so they’re stronger and healthier than before? We explore, from the grassroots, systemic changes in housing, economic development, and policing. How have federal, state and city policies affected the people of New Orleans?

Lieutenant General Russell Honoré was put in charge of military rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina. What he saw was a man-made disaster, caused by politicians under control of the oil and gas industry. “Our problem is, because of the damage that has been left by the oil and gas industry, we have less wetlands today than we had 20 years ago,” he says. “It’s been supported by Congress, multiple presidents in the White House, and all our governors. We are the second largest energy producer in America and we’re the second poorest state. The state has been looted.”

“We’ve got 52% unemployment as it relates to African-American males, but we’re experiencing an economic boom,” explains New Orleans city council president Jason Williams. “Our major industry is tourism; hospitality, restaurants, hotels, motels. The folks who are working those jobs in the kitchen, making up the beds, cooking the food, those folks are the working poor in this town. It’s just for generations they have not shared in the revenue in those industries.”

…(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w2nb7wP85Y).

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Could Mass Extinction Make Humans Smarter?


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Published on Aug 14, 2015

Climate change has become so dire that some authors and scientists are preparing for the next mass extinction event. But would that really be a bad thing for life on earth?

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