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The EU Referendum Will Determine the UK's Future 29.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
As many debate whether the UK should remain in the European Union, it's critical we remember that the EU is more than an economic entity. It's a peacekeeping force, as well as a promoter of human rights and environmental protection on the European continent. A new train station in Birmingham, England, May 17, 2016. In their desire to leave the European Union, many Britons have found an outlet for fears about immigration and terrorism. As the EU referendum approaches, the politics of identity are colliding with the economics of global trade. (Photo: Andrew Testa / The New York Times) Great Britain is my adopted home. I have deep affection for this nation -- for its people, for its great tradition of liberalism and for its commitment to justice and human rights. For its art, literature, theatre, music and film, its long record of groundbreaking scientific discoveries, its beautiful countryside, its National Health Service ... I could go on. The European Union (EU) referendum on June 23 will be one of the ...
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Your Vote at the EU Referendum Will Determine Our Future 27.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Bianca Jagger

Great Britain is my adopted home. I have deep affection for this nation — for its people, for its great tradition of liberalism, its commitment to justice and human rights. For its art, literature, theatre, music and film, its long record of ground-breaking scientific discoveries, its beautiful countryside, its National Health Service... I could go on.

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The EU Referendum Will Determine Our Future 26.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Illustration by Ellie Foreman-Peck Britain and the referendum Great Britain is my adopted home. I have deep affection for this nation -- for its people, for its great tradition of liberalism, its commitment to justice and human rights. For its art, literature, theatre, music and film, its long record of ground-breaking scientific discoveries, its beautiful countryside, its National Health Service... I could go on. The EU referendum on June 23 will be one of the most significant decisions British citizens will ever have to make. The outcome will affect how the UK is governed, national security, the economy, human rights, the environment, culture... every aspect of our lives. It will define what it means to be British and could alter this country's relationship with the world for generations to come. Rhetoric of the "Leave Campaign" I watched in disbelief as some British leaders resorted to racist rhetoric in the lead-up to the referendum. Boris Johnson made a notorious comment about the EU in his ...
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4 Big Reasons Why Land Rights Matter 24.5.2016 WRI Stories
4 Big Reasons Why Land Rights MatterAdd Comment|PrintA farmer in Babati, Tanzania. Photo by S.Malyon/CIAT This article was originally posted on Thomson Reuters Foundation News. “Let us wake up, humankind…Let us build societies that are able to coexist in a dignified way, in way that protects life. Let us come together and remain hopeful as we defend and care for the blood of this Earth and of its spirits.” These were the influential words of the Honduran indigenous land rights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Towards a better planet and a life of dignity for all 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As we approach the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), it is important to put into perspective the challenges facing the international community ahead of this crucial meeting and the fundamental goals that underpin it. The gathering in Nairobi will be a part of a much broader global reflection. Its landmark precedents, such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, have put the world on the road to making environmental sustainability key to human development and our efforts to end poverty and hunger. At the threshold of this journey, which starts at UNEA, lies the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals - a global cornerstone that marks a sharp turn in the international community's course towards sustainable human development. Evaluating accomplishments, measuring progress and quantifying pending objectives will be vital to the success of the Agenda 2030. The progress already made in recent years is enough to fill us with ...
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While Nature Might Not Discriminate, the Effects of Climate Change Do 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For far too long, American popular opinion has relegated climate change to the ranks of pedagogical scientists, clearly siloed from our everyday lives. It is with this in mind that a number of environmental advocates kicked off a campaign this spring in support of President Obama's Clean Power Plan . The legality of the EPA's carbon rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Power Plan will be determined in the State of West Virginia vs. the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)--the court case was originally scheduled to come before a three-person panel at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on June 2. As of last week, it has been delayed to September 27--but will come before a whole court. The campaign in favor of the Clean Power Plan is unique in that its rhetoric borrows from the gay rights movement: Joshua Dorner, a strategist at the Washington political communications firm SKDKnickerbocker who has experience working on same-sex marriage campaigns, ...
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Everything Is Going Wrong In Brazil Ahead Of The Olympics 24.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Brazilians flooded Copacabana Beach on a sunny afternoon seven years ago, on the day the International Olympic Committee announced that Rio de Janeiro would host the 2016 Summer Olympics.  With the eyes of the world on his country -- then one of the world's fastest-growing economies -- then-president Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, known to Brazilians simply as "Lula," promised his people that this would be their moment in the spotlight. "The world," Silva said, "has recognized that the time has come for Brazil.” Seven years later, on the eve of Rio's Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach said he is " very confident that it will be an excellent Games ." Yet just two months before they kick off, the 2016 Olympics -- the first to come to South America in the event's 120-year history -- are shrouded in crisis and doubt. Brazil is facing its greatest recession in 100 years, is embroiled in one of the most formidable political crises since its transition to democracy more than three decades ago, and is navigating a ...
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To Leave the Future Open: On the False "Choices" of Election 2016 15.5.2016 Truthout.com
Something's hidden behind the curtain of the looming 2016 presidential election that the national leaders of both entrenched political parties don't want us to see. It's the future. Not just the near future, but the one that will ripple on into history. That's why I'm #notwithher when I cast my vote in November 2016. Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey, May 11, 2016. (Photo: Richard Perry / The New York Times)   "To believe in something not yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives; it is the only way we can leave the future open."-- Lillian Smith, "The Journey" Something's hidden behind the curtain of the looming 2016 presidential election that the national leaders of both entrenched political parties don't want us to see. It's the future. Not just the near future, but the one that will ripple on into history, the one that will do so much to define the age in which we're living. It's the ideas and vision that will frame and shape and ...
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What we need to know about neoliberalism (before it's too late) 12.5.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. This is Part 1 of a three-part series that examines the ideology of neoliberalism and the enormous harm its implementation imposes on people and the planet. "All great truths begin as blasphemies."  -- George Bernard ...
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Fossil fuel lobbying reaches staggering levels while Fort McMurray burns 12.5.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. In this very moment, actions are taking place around the world to break away from fossil fuel dependency. This movement is part of the global Break Free Campaign. From Nigeria to Brazil, New Zealand to Indonesia, Turkey to South Africa, a surge of people power is urging governments to keep oil, gas, and coal in the ground, and embrace a renewable energy ...
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Welcome to the Global Spiritual Revolution 12.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Authored by Jared Michaels for Psyched in San Francisco Magazin e. Jared is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco and Berkeley and a Zen teacher in the San Francisco Zen Center lineage. We may not recognize it, and there may be quite a bit of evidence to the contrary, but I am convinced that we are in the early stages of a global spiritual revolution. And I want everyone to join it or enter into it even more profoundly than you already have. There are many examples of this revolution. Last year's U.N. Paris Agreement is a political one. 195 countries (nearly the entire world) approved an agreement that charts a course to world peace, justice, and sustainability. Here's an example from the grassroots perspective, offered by the social justice and environmental movement researcher Paul Hawken. "I now believe that there are over one -- and maybe even two -- million organizations working toward ecological sustainability and social justice. This is the largest social movement in all of human ...
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Dangerous Bedfellows 11.5.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in the the Spring 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here .  In February 2015, a startling collection of strange political bedfellows assembled to promote mass-incarceration reform at all levels of government. The U.S., with less than 5 percent of the world’s population, incarcerates more than 20 percent of all prisoners. Sixty percent of the imprisoned are racial and ethnic minorities. Between 2001 and 2010, eight million people were arrested on marijuana charges; African Americans were 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for possession as whites. Fiscal and libertarian conservatives (Koch Industries, FreedomWorks, and Right on Crime) joined the group to emphasize the urgency of cutting prison spending, which is about $80 billion annually and unsustainable for many states, as well as the importance of freeing nonviolent offenders from government control. Liberals (the Leadership Conference Education Fund, the NAACP, the ACLU, and the Center for American ...
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4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities 11.5.2016 WRI Stories
4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit CitiesAdd Comment|PrintEnergy-efficient buildings create economic, social and environmental opportunities. Photo by Przemyslaw Turlej/Flickr Urbanization presents major challenges: congestion, sprawl, inefficiency, health hazards and high cost of living, just to name a few. But the choices we make for our cities can transform these challenges into opportunities: mobility, connectivity, economies of scale, healthier lifestyles and economic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Dangerous Bedfellows 11.5.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in the the Spring 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here .  In February 2015, a startling collection of strange political bedfellows assembled to promote mass-incarceration reform at all levels of government. The U.S., with less than 5 percent of the world’s population, incarcerates more than 20 percent of all prisoners. Sixty percent of the imprisoned are racial and ethnic minorities. Between 2001 and 2010, eight million people were arrested on marijuana charges; African Americans were 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for possession as whites. Fiscal and libertarian conservatives (Koch Industries, FreedomWorks, and Right on Crime) joined the group to emphasize the urgency of cutting prison spending, which is about $80 billion annually and unsustainable for many states, as well as the importance of freeing nonviolent offenders from government control. Liberals (the Leadership Conference Education Fund, the NAACP, the ACLU, and the Center for American ...
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Environmental Justice and Democracy Failures at the Heart of Flint’s Water Crisis 10.5.2016 WRI Stories
Environmental Justice and Democracy Failures at the Heart of Flint’s Water CrisisAdd Comment|PrintWater plant in Flint, Mich. Photo by Ben Gordon/Flickr The lead crisis affecting Flint, Michigan’s drinking water has been the cause of outrage and concern in the United States since it made national headlines in October. It’s raised the issue of the widespread risk of aging drinking water infrastructure, and brought to light the way regulatory agencies dismissed complaints from citizens. Recently,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Interactive exhibit tells a sustainability story through the lens of contemporary art 7.5.2016 TreeHugger
Art Works For Change is using a unique online exhibit to inspire change through storytelling, including 'featured tours' of the galleries by leading eco-organizations.
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Jane Jacobs' Radical Legacy: Cities Are For People, Not Developers 4.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
ON April 10, 1968, New York state officials scheduled a public hearing to discuss their plans for an expressway that would have sliced across Lower Manhattan and displaced hundreds of businesses and the homes of 2,000 families. The expressway's opponents, including Jane Jacobs, a writer who lived in Greenwich Village, considered the hearing a sham. Jacobs noticed that the microphone was set up so that speakers addressed the crowd, not the transportation officials seated on the stage. When speakers asked the officials questions about the project, they refused to answer, saying that they were just there to listen. When it was Jacobs's turn to speak, she gave a blistering critique of the highway plan. Then she announced that she was going to walk up on the stage and march past the officials' table in silent protest, and she welcomed others to join her. About fifty people followed Jacobs to the stage. "You can't come up here," the top state official said. "Get off the stage." Jacobs refused, so the official ...
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Two Years of Tragedy in Flint 25.4.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Rhea Suh

The water in Flint, Michigan, is still unsafe to drink — two years after the crisis was set in motion. Badly needed federal assistance has been marooned by a handful of congressional Republicans.

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Climate change emergency shakes Canada's corporate establishment and fractures the NDP 22.4.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. A fracturing of Canada's social democratic party has opened as party members and much of its electoral base express their dissatisfaction with the conservative economic, social and environmental policies that predominate in the party's decision-making ...
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Our Beleaguered Planet 22.4.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that is spreading rapidly in South America and heading north toward the U.S. as summer comes, shows how a previously isolated and sporadic illness can suddenly become a frightening pandemic because of the combined effects of global warming and overpopulation. Carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, Zika apparently arose in Uganda in the 1940s and occurred only episodically until 2015, when it began to spread explosively in Brazil, mainly in densely crowded urban areas. Like other mosquitoes, which are vectors for many diseases, Aedes aegypti thrives in a warm climate, and, as nearly all experts now agree, the world’s climate is steadily growing warmer because of human activity. In addition, this particular mosquito has evolved to live in close proximity to humans, and breeds in small amounts of water in human trash, such as bottle caps and plastic containers. The transmission of the virus occurs ...
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