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4 radical, futuristic scenarios to steer your sustainability strategy 9.11.2018 GreenBiz.com
These changes are rapid, complex, interconnected, uncertain and nonlinear. How will they affect your business?
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3 challenges — and opportunities — for businesses to help save tropical forests 10.10.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Research shows climate finance is reaching most jurisdictions, but slowly.
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Demand is driving deforestation — what can companies do? 5.10.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Research found that 27 percent of global forest loss is caused by permanent commodity-driven deforestation-as-usual.
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Resisting the terror of cultural genocide at Muskrat Falls 26.4.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada On Monday, May 7, a rally and nonviolent direct action will take place on Parliament Hill in solidarity with the Labrador Land Protectors, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who are trying to stop an act of cultural genocide downstream of the massive Muskrat Falls mega-dam that experts predict will eventually cost $78 billion . Individuals trained in nonviolence will attempt to walk straight into the House of Commons and place on the desks of all 343 MPs pictures and testimonies from those at risk of methylmercury poisoning as well as mass drowning from a potential catastrophic dam break in Labrador. The gathering is in response to a call from the Labrador Land Protectors, who write: "This battle for our very lives can no longer be waged alone. Most of us in Labrador cannot go to Ottawa. We need your voices to help expose the major tragedy unfolding that there is still time to stop. Ensure the federal government sees our faces, hears our voices, and acts on our ...
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A Year Later, Fewer Deportations in Cities That Adopted "Welcoming" Policies 22.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Demonstrators protest the deportation of undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2013, in New York City. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images) Truthout is your hub for thought-provoking, conversation-sparking stories. Support independent journalism by making a small, tax-deductible donation today! A year after the Santa Fe City Council adopted in February 2017 a resolution strengthening its welcoming and non-discrimination policies toward immigrants, the federal government launched a series of audits demanding verification from local small businesses that their employees were eligible to work in the country. In response to this blitz, advocates and city officials held a press conference in early March calling out an attempt to disrupt business, wreak havoc, and create a culture of fear and panic. "Today, children will wake up at home wondering if there will be a knock on their door; parents will go to work wondering if there will be a knock at the door of their place of employment; families will wonder if ...
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Native Language Schools Are Taking Back Education 20.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
The United States Mint and leaders of the Wampanoag Tribe introduced the 2011 Native American $1 coin during a ceremony at Plimoth Plantation on March 25, 2011. (Photo: Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe via Getty Images) For more than 150 years, the Wôpanâak language was silent. With no fluent speakers alive, the language of the Mashpee Wampanoag people existed only in historical documents. It was by all measures extinct. But a recently established language school on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's reservation in Massachusetts is working to bring back the language. The threat of extinction that faces the Wôpanâak language is not uncommon for indigenous languages in the United States. Calculated federal policy, not happenstance, led to the destruction of Native American languages such as Wôpanâak. But today, Native language schools are working to change that by revitalizing languages that have been threatened with extinction. In the 19th century, federal policy shifted from a policy of extermination and ...
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The Federal Attack on Sex Workers' Rights Is a Threat to Everyone’s Free Speech 7.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: Matt Zulak ) On March 23, Craigslist decided to do away with  personal ads . Last week, Microsoft announced plans to make it illegal to get naked on Skype. The company is also out to ban any " offensive language " from Xbox and Office. Reddit has changed its content policy as well: Now the site explicitly forbids users from advertising paid services including "physical sexual contact" on its  platform . And it's not just the big names that are making such urgent amendments.  Pounced.org , a dating website for those into  Furry Fandom , just shut down. While some companies  acknowledge  it and some  don't , this trend appears to be spreading in anticipation of a sweeping piece of federal legislation that could soon become law. Enter  FOSTA , or the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. The bill intends to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act ( CDA ), which prevents online intermediaries from being held liable for their users' actions. The legislation was passed by the House of ...
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Noam Chomsky on the Populist Groundswell, US Elections and the Future of Humanity 23.3.2018 Truthout.com
The country needs a functioning political party apparatus that grows from the grassroots, says renowned linguist Noam Chomsky. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on foreign policy, dissent in the internet age, public education, corporate predation, who's really messing with American elections, climate change and more. Noam Chomsky. (Photo: Jeanbaptisteparis ) Did you know? Truthout is a nonprofit publication and the vast majority of our budget comes from reader donations. It's easy to support our work -- click here to get started. We recently interviewed Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Laureate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. He shares his thoughts with the Institute for New Economic Thinking on foreign policy, dissent in the Internet age, public education, corporate predation, who's really messing with American elections, climate change, and more.  Lynn Parramore: You've been looking at politics ...
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In the Midst of Worldwide Water Scarcity, an Artist Reminds Us, "We Are Water" 19.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Installing "Desert Fountain" at the Albuquerque Museum. (Photo: Basia Irland) As anthropogenic climate disruption and human development progress, rivers are drying up and water scarcity has become the new norm. This climate dispatch features author, poet, sculptor and installation artist Basia Irland, whose work and activism eloquently weave in the critical threads of conservation and education, along with her reverence for water and its role in life and on Earth. Installing "Desert Fountain" at the Albuquerque Museum. (Photo: Basia Irland)As a journalist and author covering anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD), when I write about what is happening in the liquid realms of the biosphere, my focus tends to be on how rapidly certain parts of the cryosphere are melting. Additionally, sea level rise, thermal expansion of the oceans, floods and droughts are what tend to make it into my  Climate Disruption Dispatches  and my book. Hence, I, like most of us, tend to overlook the most blatantly obvious place ...
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Fascism Depends Upon a Belief in Human Inequality 18.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
American mythology was founded on the idea that some races were inferior to others -- an idea that has remained in the US's subconscious and institutions, says Shane Burley, author of Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It. Whenever anti-racist struggles arise, fascists will simply stoke that racist subconscious to get white Americans to turn toward nationalism rather than collective liberation. A member of an anti-government militia holds an assault rifle as he stands guard at a checkpoint in front of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on January 5, 2016 near Burns, Oregon. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Call them racists, nativists, misogynists, Islamophobics, Anti-Semites or one of several other odious adjectives. Author Shane Burley breaks down the ignoble contemporary offshoots of fascism. He also offers strategies for resistance. Get Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It with a donation to Truthout. Click here. Fascism is an explosive word with different ...
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Countless Archaeological Sites at Risk in Trump Oil and Gas Auction 14.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
On March 20, the federal government is scheduled to auction off almost 41,000 acres in southeast Utah to oil and gas companies under expedited lease sales ordered last year by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The push to lease these public lands would mean that archaeologists and Native Americans will not have a chance to fully document what's at stake. Carvings line a rock formation in the Nine Mile Canyon area of Utah. Such archaeological are currently threatened by the Trump administration's push to lease public lands. (Photo: Bureau of Land Management ) This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast . San Juan County, Utah—A steep rock ledge, known locally as Ruin Point, stands sentinel over public lands rich with Native American antiquities preserved from the sands of time. More than ...
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Looking through the human end of the telescope 6.3.2018 GreenBiz.com
The spotted owl and Homo sapiens are not in competition. How can we shift the narrative and find common ground?
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The Ghost of Fascism in the Age of Trump 13.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
President Donald Trump attends a roundtable discussion in the Cabinet Room of the White House on February 6, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images) Trump may not currently be in possession of storm troopers or planning genocidal acts, but he represents a form of fascism that is distinctive to the United States and needs to be remembered, analyzed and engaged for the lessons it can teach us about the present. While these ghosts of fascism can be terrifying, they can also educate us and imbue us with a sense of civic justice. President Donald Trump attends a roundtable discussion in the Cabinet Room of the White House on February 6, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images) In the age of Trump, history neither informs the present nor haunts it with repressed memories of the past. It simply disappears. Memory has been hijacked. This is especially troubling when the " mobilizing passions " of a fascist past now emerge in the unceasing stream of hate, ...
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United States Policing and "Gun Rights" Began With Slave Patrols 18.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
In Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz details the white supremacist background of the Second Amendment and the perennial National Rifle Association cry of gun rights. Guns were vital tools in the suppression and killing of the Indigenous population and Black people before the Bill of Rights was written. (Photo: Fstop Images / Getty Images) In Loaded, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz details the white supremacist background of the Second Amendment and the perennial NRA cry of gun rights. She reveals the irony of the gun lobby's equation of gun ownership with freedom. Guns, after all, she notes, were vital tools in the suppression and killing of the Indigenous population and Black people before the Bill of Rights was written. Get the book now with a donation to Truthout. In the chapter "Slave Patrol," Dunbar-Ortiz provides the historical context for how militias that killed and oppressed slaves and Indigenous persons became the precedent for the militia cited in the Second ...
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7 ways to build a sustainable work culture 15.1.2018 GreenBiz.com
Hint: Start small, show momentum and make sure to pack an effective punch.
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Incremental Reforms Won't Work: The Transformation of Policing Is Needed 11.1.2018 Truthout.com
Author Alex S. Vitale has no patience for the usual suggestions for police reform such as diversifying forces and enhanced training. In fact, he argues that some of them may make policing worse in many communities. The following is an excerpt from his book, The End of Policing. Activists march against the International Police Chief Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 21, 2017. (Photo: Joe Piette ) Do the police protect communities or suppress them? Alex S. Vitale argues that far too often, it is the latter, and that it is only through the radical rethinking of policing and the role of communities in building safe neighborhoods can effective change be achieved. Get The End of Policing with a donation to Truthout now! Author Alex S. Vitale has no patience for the usual suggestions for police reform. In fact, he argues that some of them may make policing worse in many communities. The following is an excerpt from his book, The End of Policing. Any effort to make policing more just must address ...
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Challenging Trump's Language of Fascism 9.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) Words that speak the truth begin to disappear under authoritarian regimes. We see this under President Trump, who has attacked the language of civic literacy by undermining science and reason in the press and subjecting society to a barrage of theatrical falsehoods rooted in empty consumerism, white supremacy and nationalism. Progressives must fight back with new language that defends critical thinking and the values of cooperation and democracy.  What are the longer-term trends that gave rise to the presidency of Donald Trump? What will be the national and global impacts? And what do we need to do to resist? Henry A. Giroux tackles these questions in The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism. "This courageous and timely book is the first and best book on Trump's neo-fascism in the making," says Cornel West. To order your copy, click here and make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout now! George Orwell warns us in his dystopian novel 1984 ...
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Bound by Nature - Cul­tural Evol­u­tion Has Not Freed Hunter-Gather­ers from En­vir­on­men­tal For­cing 4.1.2018 Environmental News Network
Cultural evolution has made humans enormously potent ecosystem engineers and has enabled us to survive and flourish under a variety environmental conditions.
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Too Terrified to Enter an Arena of Ideas? The Debate Over Cornel West's Critique of Ta-Nehisi Coates 4.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
When Cornel West initiated a much-needed discussion on neoliberalism and the responsibility of public intellectuals like Ta-Nehisi Coates to broaden their analysis to include all those who suffer oppression, there was great discomfort among liberals. But take away public discussion that involves direct, ideological confrontation and you are left not with ideas but anti-intellectualism camouflaged with civility and politeness. Dr. Cornell West speaks at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on April 3, 2009. (Photo: James Stewart ) Who are the powerful funders behind Truthout? Our readers! Help us publish more stories like this one by making a tax-deductible donation. When the history of resistance to oppression is written, it will be replete with the names of people who, at great personal cost, resolved to tell the truth. It can be said without uncertainty that the Black community has produced some of the most pioneering minds for social justice and human dignity in the United States since its ...
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How a Culture of Fear Helped Propel Trump Into the White House 24.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
It's impossible to imagine Trump's presidency outside of the pervasive culture of fear and anxiety that has been cultivated in the US by the news media and corporations that stand to make money off people's anxieties, says Sasha Abramsky, author of Jumping at Shadows. Optimistic, hopeful people have no reason to elect a demagogue. Melissa Gerber (L) and Sandra Serralde (R) comfort each other beside 58 white crosses for the victims of the mass shooting on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, October 6, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Why don't we develop a strategy to reduce gun violence, which is exponentially more deadly than terrorism in the United States?" asks author Sasha Abramsky. "What makes our fears irrational?" (Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images) Fear, throughout history, has shaped politics and culture. It is the stimulus for forming virulent stereotypes and ludicrous conspiracy theories. In Jumping at Shadows, author Sasha Abramsky explores the forces that make fear such a potent force in ...
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