Daily Archives: April 25, 2017

Russia to the rescue: Foreign minister pitches fake news countermeasures at UN


2017 Winners of Goldman Environmental Prize Announced

Apr 24, 2017

And the winners of the 2017 prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize have been announced. Among the winners are community organizer Mark Lopez, who forced the state of California to conduct comprehensive lead testing and cleanup of a working-class Latino neighborhood in East Los Angeles; Guatemalan indigenous leader Rodrigo Tot, who won a historic court case that forced the government to issue land titles to indigenous people and blocked the expansion of a nickel mine; Indian social justice activist Prafulla Samantara, who helped organize an indigenous tribe to resist a proposed open-pit aluminum mine in the eastern state of Odisha; and Congolese park ranger Rodrigue Katembo, who went undercover to document corruption and bribery in the illegal push to drill for oil in the oldest national park in Africa. This is Katembo explaining how he was arrested and tortured for over two weeks during his investigation.

Rodrigue Katembo: “They took me at gunpoint. They tied me up and started to beat me very hard. They told me that I had brought shame to my country and that I would have to be killed today. I told them that many of my colleagues had already died. If I die today, it’s not a problem. I am prepared to die.”

The winners also include Slovenian farmer Uros Macerl, who organized against the burning of poisonous waste near his farm, and Australian octogenarian Wendy Bowman, who faced off against a multinational coal mining company—and won.

Britain Goes Full 24 Hours Without Burning Coal for Electricity

Apr 24, 2017

British environmental activists celebrated a victory when Friday became the first full day since the late 1800s that Britain did not burn any coal in order to generate electricity. Hannah Martin with Greenpeace said, “The first day without coal in Britain since the Industrial Revolution marks a watershed in the energy transition.”

Hundreds of Thousands Pour into Streets for Global March for Science

Apr 24, 2017

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of scientists and science supporters took to the streets around the world in a global March for Science. More than 600 marches and rallies took place, with one on every continent, including on Antarctica. Massive marches occurred from coast to coast in the United States, as well as in Rome; Berlin; Madrid; Vienna; London; Mexico City; Santiago, Chile; and Sydney, Australia. Democracy Now! was broadcasting live for five hours during the massive March for Science in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and we’ll bring you highlights from the march after headlines.

Prominent Blogger Yameen Rasheed Murdered in the Maldives

Apr 24, 2017

In the Maldives, 29-year-old prominent blogger Yameen Rasheed has been murdered. In his writings, Rasheed criticized both the Maldives government and Islamic extremists. He had received numerous death threats before he was found stabbed to death in the stairwell of his apartment building on Sunday.

Science is Cool! Students, Teachers, Nurses, Researchers & Sci-Fi Writers Join the March for Science

Democracy Now!

Published on Apr 24, 2017

http://democracynow.org – Among the thousands who braved the stormy weather and marched on Washington, D.C., as part of the first-ever global March for Science were students, teachers, nurses, researchers and even science fiction writers. Democracy Now! spoke to some of them about why they marched.

Panel: Chris Hedges, Jeremy Scahill, Amy Goodman, & more (w/ appearance by Julian Assange)


Published on Apr 19, 2017

This panel marks the 4th anniversary of Julian Assange’s refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. It features Chris Hedges, Amy Goodman, Jeremy Scahill, Carey Shenkman, and Margaret Ratner. At the end, it features a live video appearance by Julian Assange himself.