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Voices of the Palestinian Diaspora: Ramzy Baroud and Rima Najjar on Identity and Resistance 17.8.2017 Truthout.com
Palestinians have been artificially divided for nearly seven decades, but from generation to generation, members of the Palestinian diaspora have neither forgotten their identity nor despaired. Diasporic Palestinians are fundamental to the struggle for equality and justice in several key ways, say journalist and author Ramzy Baroud and retired English professor Rima Najjar. An activist holds up a Palestinian flag during a protest outside the White House on the day Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu February 15, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) Help Truthout supply a counterpoint to the dangerous rhetoric and misinformation spewing forth from Washington DC. It takes less than thirty seconds to contribute via card or PayPal: Just click here! Uprooted from their native dwellings, loved ones and joint heritage, Palestinians have embraced a steadfastness ( sumud ) that has been one of the principles of their struggle for justice. For over 69 years since ...
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Businesses lagging behind in Indigenous reconciliation: Report 11.8.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Meagan Gillmore Canadian companies have a long way to go to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, a recent report argues. SHARE (Shareholder Association for Research and Education), a non-profit that advises institutional investors like foundations and religious organizations about ethical and socially responsible investments, released a study last month about how well publicly listed companies report on Indigenous relations. The study includes results from 173 publicly listed companies from financial, telecommunications, materials, energy, renewable energy and clean technology, health care, and consumer sectors. Researchers looked at how companies reported about the number of Indigenous employees at their company and their roles; recruitment, education and advancement of Indigenous employees; contracting with Indigenous companies; how companies complied with international laws about Indigenous rights, particularly the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP); ...
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5 key areas to jumpstart climate-smart investment 10.8.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Energy storage is just one hot spot of innovation that IFC recommends watching.
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The race to embrace ESG ratings 10.8.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Morningstar's stake in Sustainalytics is the latest buyout of an ESG researcher by a financial organization. What does it mean for CSOs and money managers?
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Why Intel, NRG and Prologis believe in onsite clean energy 8.8.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
There is still plenty of room for innovation, even if your company rents its offices or factories.
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The YIMBYs Push Unaffordable Housing 7.8.2017 Truthout - All Articles
As rents and real estate prices skyrocket in cities across the country, organizations advocating for more developer-built housing are  coming together as a centralized pro-development voice  under the banner of "Yes In My Backyard" -- or "YIMBY." Taking their name as the supposed opposing of "NIMBY" -- standing for "Not In My Backyard," a label to describe selfish homeowner groups popularized in the 1980s -- YIMBYs argue that the homelessness and housing crises displacing mostly Black and Brown working-class families in cities from San Francisco to New York is mainly due to a shortage of housing stock. The YIMBYs claim that cities suffer from a systematic underproduction of housing -- and, at least in the Bay Area, place the blame for this on community activists who have been organizing to maintain the neighborhoods they know and love. The YIMBY explanation of gentrification focuses almost exclusively on consumer trends, such as an influx of wealthy millennials who grew up in the suburbs, but now want to ...
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Rags-to-riches Bellevue developer who conned hundreds gets 4 years in prison 5.8.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

Lobsang Dargey, 43, scammed about 280 investors from China out of $24.2 million, money he diverted while collecting $235 million to invest in projects they hoped would lead to ‘green cards’ and U.S. residency.
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Episode 87: Apple branches out; it's time to reimagine carbon 4.8.2017 GreenBiz.com
In this week's episode, JP Morgan commits billions to "clean" financing, how to heal our overdrawn ecological budget — and corals get health insurance.
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Amid affordability worries, mortgage industry moves to ease home lending standards 4.8.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Changes in the mortgage industry are afoot, with the goal of loosening some of the strict standards established after the subprime crisis - rules some blame for impeding sales.
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Lenders and borrowers finding way around Colorado payday loan reforms, research finds 4.8.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
After tough state reform seven years ago that regulated payday lending, low-income neighborhoods, communities of color and military personnel living paycheck-to-paycheck are still getting trapped in cycles of debt and financial abuse due to a loophole in state law.
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Why JPMorgan Chase committed $200 billion to 'clean' financing 2.8.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
The biggest U.S. bank is embracing renewable energy and green infrastructure projects in a big way.
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Goldman Sachs, Calvert bet on next big thing for green investments 1.8.2017 GreenBiz.com
Impact investing is set for staggering growth. Here's a closer look at the role of environmental impact bonds.
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Insuring nature, ensuring resilience 1.8.2017 GreenBiz.com
Market-based strategies only go so far. These new types of products can protect and restore ecosystems in peril.
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To make ESG investing work, Swiss Re focuses on diversity 31.7.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
How Swiss Re, the world’s second-largest reinsurer, is shifting its entire $130 billion portfolio towards ethical indices.
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You Probably Don't Want To Know About Haiti's Sewage Problems 29.7.2017 NPR News
We're going to tell you anyway.
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Hogan’s promises to Baltimore are only lip service 29.7.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
His actions since Freddie Gray’s death suggest he would let West Baltimore crumble.
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California regulators approve $200 million VW clean-car investment 28.7.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
The money will be spent on projects that include a network of 400 charging stations, public education programs and a $44 million “green city” initiative in Sacramento aimed at demonstrating the benefits of emissions-free cars. “We are pleased that Volkswagen can now move forward with its ambitious plan to help bring electric vehicle technology to corners of California ignored in earlier efforts,” air board chair Mary Nichols said in a statement following the vote. In May, the air board instructed Electrify America, the subsidiary Volkswagen set up to manage its zero-emission vehicle investment commitments, to revise its original investment plan to prioritize spending in poorer and more polluted areas of the state. “I cannot promise,” Mark McNabb, Electrify America CEO and former chief operating officer of Volkswagen, said at Thursday’s air board meeting. “There’s no way people in these communities are going to buy electric vehicles if there’s nowhere to plug them in,” board member Dean Florez said in ...
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Twitter fails to boost monthly audience, sending shares down 28.7.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
Twitter failed to attract more monthly users in the second quarter, spooking investors looking for evidence that the company is on a sustainable long-term growth path. Revenue fell 4.7 percent and the net loss also widened, affected by a $55 million write-down of the value of its investment in SoundCloud, the German music streaming service. After hitting a plateau with users and struggling with a slowdown in sales, the company started narrowing its focus, shuttering businesses and teams that didn’t fit its goal of being a destination for live-event content. With a goal of profitability, Twitter began investing heavily in video, aiming to draw a more mainstream set of users and premium advertising deals. Revenue dropped to $573.9 million, though that beat analysts’ average estimate of $537.2 million as the company drew more money from video advertising and its business selling data to third parties. In the third quarter, Twitter said it expects adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and ...
Could the U.S. benefit from a national green bank? 27.7.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Third time's the charm for the Green Bank Act of 2017.
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Why the world’s largest asset managers are pushing long-term thinking 27.7.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
BlackRock, State Street and Vanguard, which control more than $11 trillion in assets, are encouraging more regular disclosure of corporate governance practices.
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