Daily Archives: March 24, 2021

The End of Trickle-Down Economics? Joe Stiglitz on the “Transformational” $ 1.9T American Rescue Plan

Democracy Now! – Mar 16, 2021

President Biden has signed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, which Democrats are hailing as the largest anti-poverty bill in a generation. It includes stimulus checks to most adults, expanded unemployment benefits and an overhaul of the child tax credit. One study projects the law will lift almost 14 million Americans out of poverty, including 5.7 million children. “This is transformational,” says economist Joseph Stiglitz. “It says, ‘We are actually going to live up — try to live up — to our aspirations.’”

How the NRA’s Radical Anti-Gun Control Ideology Became GOP Dogma & Still Warps Debate


Democracy Now!

Published on Mar 24, 2021

The massacre in a Boulder grocery store came just after a Colorado judge ruled in favor of the National Rifle Association’s challenge to the city’s ban on assault weapons, which was passed in 2018 after this type of weapon was used in the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Despite increasingly regular mass shootings, the NRA has pushed for expanded gun rights since the 1970s and insisted that more guns, not fewer, would prevent gun deaths. “The NRA’s ideology is something that they’ve convinced the overwhelming majority of elected officials in the GOP, especially on the national level, to believe,” says investigative journalist Frank Smyth, author of “The NRA: The Unauthorized History.”

WE MUST END STARVATION WAGES FOR TIPPED WORKERS (LIVE AT 8PM ET)

Bernie Sanders

Streamed live 2 hours ago

It’s up to us to make sure Congress knows they need to pass this $1.9 trillion plan and prioritize people over corporations. We’re talking to progressive grassroots leaders and hearing from Senators Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer to learn what we can do to get Congress to pass the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill.

Bernie Sanders -Streamed live 2 hours ago

It’s up to us to make sure Congress knows they need to pass this $1.9 trillion plan and prioritize people over corporations. We’re talking to progressive grassroots leaders and hearing from Senators Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer to learn what we can do to get Congress to pass the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill.

“How to Hide an Empire”: Daniel Immerwahr on the History of the Greater United States

Democracy Now! – Mar 5, 2019

“How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States.” That’s the title of a new book examining a part of the U.S. that is often overlooked: the nation’s overseas territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, former territories like the Philippines, and its hundreds of military bases scattered across the globe. We speak with the book’s author, Daniel Immerwahr, who writes, “At various times, the inhabitants of the U.S. Empire have been shot, shelled, starved, interned, dispossessed, tortured and experimented on. What they haven’t been, by and large, is seen.” Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at Northwestern University.

Ocean Deoxygenation – Guy McPherson

Nature Bats Last– Jan 29, 2021

https://guymcpherson.com/2021/01/ocea…

What Will Go Extinct

Nature Bats Last – Mar 23, 2021

How We Go Extinct: https://youtu.be/oYJ38lHMn64
Why We Go Extinct: https://youtu.be/kcamLd-3kug
When We Go Extinct: https://youtu.be/1JYI6rv9GGk
Non-evidentiary comments are unwelcome here, including nonsensical “chemtrails” and other unfounded conspiracies. Opinions are not evidence.

LSE Africa Summit – The Global Crisis as a Catalyst for Change in the Post-COVID-19 Moment

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa is delighted to invite you to the

2021 LSE Africa Summit: The Global Crisis as a Catalyst for Change.

Join us virtually on 27–28 March to explore how Africans can drive positive changes in local communities following the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year all registrations are free.

Notable speakers include:

  • Under Secretary-General Cristina Duarte, Special Adviser on Africa to the United Nations Secretary-General, and former Minister of Finance and Public Administration, Cape Verde
  • Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, former African Union representative to the US
  • Dr. Stella Nyanzi, Ugandan human rights activist, poet and medical anthropologist
  • Lady Phyll, political activist and co-founder & director of UK Black Pride

Register to attend

About this event

The theme of the 2021 Africa Summit acknowledges the incredible period of reflection that 2020 has provided. As a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic, this year has forced the world to take stock of where we are, recognise social, economic, and political limitations with a view to stark improvement.

In this context, the collective strength of communities has never been more apparent. We see that through the impact of grassroots movements striving towards social justice and the mobilising of groups on the ground to make fresh demands of decision-makers. This has been supported through solidarity protests led by Africans outside of the continent. For Africa, this is a moment of reinvigoration. With an engaged and impassioned generation, we have a unique opportunity. The question is, how will Africans drive positive change in our own societies following the global crisis that is the Covid-19 pandemic? We will be addressing this question through three ‘dimensions’: governance, social and identity.

This theme provides the space to continue questioning the status quo and demands agency to be taken at the individual level to forge change. The pioneers and agents that we refer to are not only the speakers and panelists who, in their own right, are leaders within their field. We also refer to the participants of the Summit, whether on the continent or in the diaspora, who have already contributed, continue to contribute, and seek to partake in the way we address change across Africa. This Summit calls for participants to consciously criticise, interrogate, identify gaps and engage in innovative problem-solving but also, to recognise the milestones achieved thus far. We seek to create a proactive environment in which everyone with a stake in Africa’s future is demanded to do more – remaining passive and complacent is not an option.Alongside the main session programme, a Career Fair provides a unique opportunity for students, employers and participants alike to meet and engage with one another, establish professional relationships, and discuss potential jobs and/or internship opportunities. In attendance are highly reputable firms and a pool of talented individuals at the LSE and other leading institutions in the United Kingdom and across the African continent.

Banking on Climate Chaos Case Study: EMBA Hunutlu Coal Plant

Rainforest Action Network – Mar 24, 2021

EMBA Hunutlu is a 1,320-megawatt coal power plant under construction in southern Turkey. The plant is located in the country’s Iskenderun Bay area, which is already suffering from air pollution caused by industrial facilities including a gas power plant, two coal power plants, and a steel factory. https://www.ran.org/the-understory/ca…​ This was originally published as a case study in “Banking on Climate Chaos: Fossil Fuel Finance Report 2021” — a report by Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack, Indigenous Environmental Network, Oil Change International, Reclaim Finance, and Sierra Club. You can see the full report at bankingonclimatechaos.org

Banking on Climate Chaos Case Study: Vaca Muerta


Rainforest Action Network – Mar 24, 2021

In Argentina’s Patagonia region, the Vaca Muerta oil and gas reserves make up the world’s second-largest shale deposit. Since the Paris Agreement through August 2020, the top bankers of the nearly 40 companies fracking in Vaca Muerta are JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Bank of America, HSBC, and Barclays. https://www.ran.org/the-understory/ca…​ This was originally published as a case study in “Banking on Climate Chaos: Fossil Fuel Finance Report 2021” — a report by Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack, Indigenous Environmental Network, Oil Change International, Reclaim Finance, and Sierra Club. You can see the full report at bankingonclimatechaos.org

What Does Conflict Palm Oil Look Like in Indonesia?

Rainforest Action Network= Nov 7, 2013

Take 50 seconds to hear an important message from our RAN team direct from the remote jungles of Indonesia. Then, TAKE ACTION: http://inyourpalm.org/