Daily Archives: August 20, 2015

Hurricane Katrina: Superdome Poem


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Published on Aug 20, 2015

New Orleans poet Shelton “Shakespear” Alexander performs an original poem about his experience taking shelter at the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina.

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Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Later


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Published on Aug 20, 2015

Survivors talk about the impact of Hurricane Katrina, 10 years after the historic storm devastated the Gulf Coast.

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Lawsuit Accuses Costco of Selling Shrimp Harvested by Slave Labor

In California, law firms have filed a class action lawsuit against Costco and its Thai seafood supplier, arguing that the company has knowingly sold shrimp whose harvesting relies on rampant human trafficking and forced labor. Men who have escaped from boats in this supply chain have testified to beatings, torture, execution-style killings and grueling 20-hour shifts. The suit seeks to block Costco from selling these shrimp unless they are labeled as the produce of slavery.

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Ecuador: Indigenous Peoples Opposed to Oil Drilling Drive Out Soldiers

In news from Ecuador, hundreds of indigenous protesters have forced police and soldiers to retreat from the Amazon town of Macas in an ongoing conflict over oil and gas drilling in the region. The indigenous Shuar and Achuar peoples have been organizing to block oil extraction on their lands. They say President Rafael Correa has refused to consult them in the decision over drilling. On Wednesday, about 200 protesters wielding spears sent police and soldiers fleeing from the town.

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3 Firefighters Killed, Troops Called in, as Wildfires Rage Across West

In Washington state, three firefighters have been killed and four others injured as wildfires continue to rage across the Western United States. The firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service were reportedly killed after fire overtook their vehicle following an accident near the towns of Twisp and Winthrop. All residents of both towns have been ordered to evacuate. Meanwhile, the Idaho-based National Interagency Fire Center has called in 200 active-duty military troops to fight wildfires, marking the first time the agency has mobilized the military for firefighting in nearly a decade.

Report: Global Warming Has Worsened CA Drought by up to 27%

This comes as a new study confirms global warming has measurably worsened the record drought in California, which is fueling wildfires there. The study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters confirms rising temperatures are sucking water out of plants and soil, worsening the drought by as much as 27 percent.

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U.S. Court: SEC Cannot Force Companies to Disclose “Conflict Minerals”

An appeals court has ruled the Securities and Exchange Commission cannot force companies to disclose whether minerals in their products come from the war-torn country the Democratic Republic of Congo because the mandatory labeling would violate the companies’ freedom of speech. Human rights groups have long pushed for mandatory labeling of so-called “conflict minerals” in order to allow consumers and investors to avoid fueling the bloody conflict through the purchase of their products. The mandatory labeling became law as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. But this week, a court ruled in favor of corporate trade groups seeking to overturn the measure.

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Islamic Leaders Take on Climate Change, Criticizing “Relentless Pursuit of Economic Growth”


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Published on Aug 20, 2015

http://democracynow.org – A group of leading Islamic scholars have issued a declaration calling on the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims to do their part to eliminate dangerous greenhouse gas emissions and turn toward renewable energy sources. The declaration urges world leaders meeting in Paris later this year to commit to a 100 percent zero-emissions strategy and to invest in decentralized renewable energy in order to reduce poverty and the catastrophic impacts of climate change. The declaration comes on the heels of the publication of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment earlier this year, which also calls for sweeping action on climate change. Like the encyclical, this declaration, endorsed by more than 60 leading Islamic scholars, links climate change to the economic system, stating: “We recognize the corruption that humans have caused on the Earth due to our relentless pursuit of economic growth and consumption.” We speak to Bangladeshi climate scientist Saleemul Huq, one of the contributors and signatories to the Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change.

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