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WATCH: A message from the future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 23.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Best-of-the-net What if we actually pulled off a Green New Deal? What would the future look like? The Intercept presents a film narrated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and illustrated by Molly Crabapple. Help make rabble sustainable. Please consider supporting our work with a monthly donation.  Support  rabble.ca today for as little as $1 per ...
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Canadian groups want Edwin Espinal freed from Honduran jail 21.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson Edwin Espinal is a human rights defender who has been held at the high-security, military-run La Tolva prison in Honduras without trial since his arrest on January 19, 2018. Orillia Matters reports, "Since 2009, Espinal has played an active role in advocating for human rights in Honduras." 2009 is key because it was on June 28 of that year that the Honduran army ousted then-president Manuel Zelaya and sent him into exile. Tyler Shipley, the author of Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras, has commented, "The primary agents of the coup in Honduras were the oligarchy (a group of super rich families that dominate Honduran economic and political life) and the military." He adds, "These forces wanted to stop the program of social reform undertaken by the Zelaya government (2006–2009) which was responding to an organized popular movement demanding change." And Yves Engler has highlighted, "A number of major Canadian corporations, notably Gildan and Goldcorp, were unhappy ...
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Will you help celebrate rabble’s 18th birthday? 17.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
rabble staff Happy birthday to us! Eighteen years old may make us an elder in Internet years, but rabble has proudly kept our rebellious streak going and we are celebrating! rabble.ca was born on April 18, 2001, on the eve of the Summit of the Americas, and we've been at the frontlines of grassroots journalism since then. Thanks to every single one of you, who continue to help us amplify the work of social movements by supporting our non-profit journalism financially . Founded by the likes of community activists, grassroots journalists and progressive organizations, rabble has been at the forefront of bringing fresh tools to online news throughout our history -- including the first to host an online discussion forum (babble), hosting and producing podcasts (since 2005!) along with live coverage of political actions before they were commonplace -- and we continue to bring a unique perspective to the Canadian media landscape. Where else can you find a labour beat reporter, the latest activist toolkit, and ...
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Governments that borrowed interest-free from Bank of Canada now incur massive debts borrowing from private banks 17.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Ed Finn Most Canadians are not aware that, prior to 1975, the construction of major public facilities, as well as the provision and improvement of social programs, were funded by interest-free loans from the Bank of Canada. Such loans helped Canada recover from the Great Depression of the 1930s and to achieve a prompt and prosperous economic boom after the Second World War. The construction of the Trans-Canada Highway, the St. Lawrence Seaway, modern airports and seaports, and other essential parts of Canada's infrastructure were all accomplished with Bank of Canada loans. And because they were essentially interest-free, they caused only a small increase in the government's debt. After 1975, however, when Ottawa abruptly started borrowing from private banks instead of "the people's bank" for large public projects, the steep interest rates it then had to pay built up steadily mounting debts. Most provincial and municipal governments, too, although the Bank of Canada could also have legally extended loans ...
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WATCH: PSA Overdose Crisis, Canada National Day of Action 16.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Best-of-the-net More than 10,000 people have died from opioid overdoses in Canada in the last three years. Wednesday, April 16, 2019 is the National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis. Help make rabble sustainable. Please consider supporting our work with a monthly donation.  Support  rabble.ca today for as little as $1 per ...
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The Peaceful Resistance of La Puya fights for the right to water 10.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson Residents from the communities of San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc -- an area known as La Puya -- have been fighting against the Progreso VII Derivada-El Tambor gold mine located just north of Guatemala City since March 2010. The Peaceful Resistance of La Puya, which is made up of members from these communities, has stated, "[The environmental impact assessment] shows that the gold and silver are contained in arsenopyrite rock, which contains high levels of arsenic. Levels of arsenic in the water increased considerably during the time the mine was in operation." They have also expressed concern about the massive amount of water the mine would use in their water-scarce region. Their struggle to defend water has seen a blockade of the mine site, repression and criminalization, a win at the Guatemalan Supreme Court, and now a challenge at the Washington, D.C.–based World Bank Group's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. A timeline may be the clearest way to ...
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Arms industry a significant force in the suppression of Indigenous peoples 8.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson The weapons industry plays a significant role in the ongoing oppression of Indigenous peoples. The weapons that are used by the military, para-military groups and police against Indigenous peoples are manufactured, bought, sold, provided as aid and generate profit. They are used to suppress territorial sovereignty and to contain struggles in defence of land and water. Historically, Popular Mechanics has noted, "The U.S. Army used the Gatling [manual machine gun that could fire 200 rounds per minute] extensively throughout the 1870s during its campaigns against Native American tribes in the West." In more recent times, a mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) armoured vehicle was deployed by police against Indigenous land and water defenders opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline on their territories in North Dakota. In this country, tanks, Grizzly infantry fighting vehicles, trucks and artillery pieces were deployed in and around Kanehsatà:ke and Kahnawake during the Oka Crisis in 1990. ...
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Critics of the Green New Deal rail against socialism. We’ve seen this before. 5.4.2019 High Country News Most Recent
In the 1930s, nationalizing forests was labeled ‘socialist.’
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Canada is warming faster than we thought. What can we do about it? 4.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Bronwen Tucker While global temperatures have increased 0.8 C since 1948, Canada has seen an increase of 1.7 C -- more than double the global average. And in the Arctic, the warming is happening at a much faster rate of 2.3 C, the Changing Climate report says. A  new report  leaked one day early from Environment and Climate Change Canada shows that Canada is experiencing warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world, with Northern Canada heating up at almost three times the global average. The changing climate report was prepared in a similar way to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, as a synthesis of hundreds of peer-reviewed studies. It included details on a familiar catalogue of the impacts we can expect, not limited to increases in precipitation (particularly in winter), "extreme fire weather" and water supply shortages in summer, threatened freshwater systems, marine ecosystem collapse and a heightened risk of coastal flooding. As the  Toronto Star  noted, the report ...
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Colombian human-rights group opposes fracking, seeks to protect freshwater 3.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson The community-based Corporación Regional de Derechos Humanos (the Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights or CREDHOS) works on a variety of public interest concerns in Colombia, including environmental issues such as opposition to fracking and stopping the pollution of freshwater. The organization is based in Barrancabermeja, which is known as the oil capital of Colombia. In 2017, Colombia produced on average more than 850,000 barrels of oil per day. The country has four refineries for domestic and export markets. The largest refinery -- with the capacity to refine about 250,000 barrels of oil per day -- is in Barrancabermeja. Notably, CREDHOS has been supporting the case of Dr. Yesid Blanco. The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre notes that, "Dr. Blanco is a recognized environmentalist and founder of the Yariguíes Regional Corporation and the Magdalena Medio Extractive and Environmental Studies Group-GEAM in the city of Barrancabermeja." It adds, "The ecologist and ...
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How 3Degrees helped Etsy lead e-commerce towards carbon neutral shipping 3.4.2019 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Sponsored: Discover the three key elements that enabled Etsy to offset 100 percent of its shipping emissions.
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Sustainable business is good business: Creating financial tipping points for the Global Goals 2.4.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Let's call the SDGs what they are: trillion-dollar opportunities.
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Sustainable business is good business: Creating financial tipping points for the Sustainable Development Goals 2.4.2019 GreenBiz.com
Let's call the Global Goals what they are: trillion-dollar opportunities.
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A constitutional cop-out 28.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
A constitutional cop-out
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A constitutional cop‑out 28.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
A constitutional cop‑out
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She Wanted Her Town To Breathe Clean Air. She Got Death Threats Instead. 27.3.2019 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
How neighbors in a small town exposed the dirtiest secrets of our broken recycling system.
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Here’s How The 2020 Candidates Rate On Climate 27.3.2019 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Climate change is expected to be a major issue among Democrats in 2020 as the White House continues its anti-environmental agenda.
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Black lives matter in Canada, as well 27.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Robin Maynard It is not too soon to express the view that the police killing of Machuar Madut, 43-year-old father of three, living with mental health issues, and facing possible eviction -- was unjustifiable and unnecessary. I am unwilling to entertain the notion that Machuar Madut's death was sad but inevitable. Regardless of the conditions that led to this incident, killing a Black man in crisis simply cannot part of what it means to "contain the scene" (the words of a mental health expert interviewed in CBC news ). A recent Ontario Human Rights Commission interim report on racial discrimination by the Toronto police services -- found, to much publicity, that Black people make up 70 per cent of police shootings resulting in civilian death. Less discussed, however, was that the study also showed that Black victims of police shootings were less likely to have been carrying weapons, less likely to have threatened and attacked police and 50 per cent less likely to have been carrying a gun during the ...
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How to approach avoiding operational risks 27.3.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
These tips will help your business pay attention to otherwise overlooked details.
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Defending the Bolivarian Revolution, one commune at a time 26.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Fernando Arce In Venezuela, socialist communes play a key role in the production and distribution of food directly to families as hyperinflation, price speculation and illegal U.S. and Canadian sanctions limit access to many necessities. In the wake of Juan Guaido's unconstitutional self-proclamation as president, communes have also taken a more active role in the defence of the Bolivarian Revolution by holding those who are leading it accountable, including incumbent president Nicolas Maduro's government. Direct democracy A commune is an amalgamation of communal councils, each made up of at least 250 neighbouring families. Each council elects members to be part of working committees that identify the issues affecting their communities as well as brainstorming solutions as a community. Those solutions are presented to a citizen's assembly made up of at least 10 per cent of the families within each communal council. Funding and resources come from government ministries. Communes are not only large ...
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