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Oil price could fall further, warns International Energy Agency

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[Someone pass Harper a tissue and a new pair of undies. Someone ask Joe Oliver if he can spell 'recession.' "The market’s ability to absorb that oversupply is unlikely to last. Onshore storage space is limited. So is the tanker fleet. New refineries do not get built every day. Something has to give." *RON*]

Anjli Raval, Financial Times, 10 July 2015

The rebalancing of the oil market that started last year has yet to run its course and a bottom in prices “may still be ahead”, according to the world’s leading energy forecaster.

In a bearish assessment of market conditions the International Energy Agency said the adjustment process would “extend well into 2016” as production — led by Opec nations — continued to swell and demand growth softened.

The Paris-based agency, which advises the world’s biggest economies on energy policy, said the oil market was “massively oversupplied”.

Global oil supply surged by 550,000 barrels a day in June…

Australian doctors rally over threat of jail for speaking about asylum seekers

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[The story of US psychologists colluding in torture was bad enough. Here we have a national government threatening to throw healthcare workers in jail if they report abuse of refugee claimants. "How does reporting that a child has been raped by a guard ... threaten national security?" *RON*]

Australian Associated Press, The Guardian, 11 July 2015
Doctors and medics have rallied in Sydney in solidarity with healthcare workers at detention centres who they say have been barred by the Australian government from reporting abuse.

See: Open letter on the Border Force Act: 'We challenge the department to prosecute'

More than 250 doctors, nurses and psychologists have protested against laws thatthreaten jail for those who speak out about violations in detention centres. It follows a similar protest in Melbourne last week.

Medics and their families packed the steps of Sydney’s Town Hall and covered their mouths to send a message of oppositi…

Vatican sex abuse trial halted as ex-archbishop falls ill

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[It's excellent that the Catholic Church is finally taking this step, rather than covering up, denying and reassigning guilty priests as has historically been the case. However, they did recall Wesolowski to the Vatican, and refused to allow him to be extradited back to the Dominican Republic where he would surely have received swift justice. *RON*]

BBC World News, 11 July 2015
The trial of a former archbishop charged with child sex offences has been adjourned after the defendant fell ill hours before he was due to appear in court at the Vatican.

Jozef Wesolowski, 66, is accused of paying for sex with children in the Dominican Republic from 2008-2013.

He is being treated in intensive care for an unspecified illness.

US torture doctors could face charges after report alleges post-9/11 'collusion'

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[A leading group of psychologists (finally) faces a reckoning following repeated denials that its members were complicit in Bush administration-era torture. *RON*]
Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian 11 July 2015
The largest association of psychologists in the United States is on the brink of a crisis, the Guardian has learned, after an independent review revealed that medical professionals lied and covered up their extensive involvement in post-9/11 torture. The revelation, puncturing years of denials, has already led to at least one leadership firing and creates the potential for loss of licenses and even prosecutions.

For more than a decade, the American Psychological Association (APA) has maintained that a strict code of ethics prohibits its more than 130,000 members to aid in the torture of detainees while simultaneously permitting involvement in military and intelligence interrogations. The group has rejected media reporting on psychologists’ com…

The Lower Fraser River: death by a thousand cuts?

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["Nowhere among the many studies and reports these projects have generated will you find answers to two fundamentally important questions: 'How much development on the Fraser is enough?' and 'Who gets to decide?'.... Decisions about the Fraser River’s future must not be left only to interests that prioritize 'facilitating trade'above all else". *RON*]
Kevin Washbrook & Joe Daniels, Vancouver Observer, 10 July 2015

The past several years have seen a steady stream of industrial developments proposed for the lower Fraser River. In 2011, we saw plans for a new container terminal at the rivers mouth, DeltaPort Terminal 2. This massive marine fill project would sit directly on top of critical habitat for juvenile salmon and orca, and disrupt nearby mud flats that are a key source of food for millions of migrating shore birds each year. It is still under review.

Next came the proposal for a jet fuel terminal on th…

Rebecca Roache on 'Why Punish'?

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[I really like Aeon for think-pieces! A good short point. "...what if we could achieve the aims of punishment without doing anything unpleasant to offenders? It’s easiest to make sense of this idea in the context of the views that the aim of punishment is to deter or rehabilitate, where we can imagine the aims being achieved without unpleasantness." *RON*]
Why punish?Asked by Thom Brooks Society Professor of Law and Government, What do you think?

Does punishment need to be unpleasant?, Rebecca Roache, Lecturer in Philosophy

Thom Brooks answers the question ‘Why punish?’ with a lucid explanation of the main views about what punishment is for: retribution, deterrence, rehabilitation, or a combination of these. I want to take a different approach to answering this question by considering how important it is for punishment to be unpleasant for the person punished. In other words, I interpret the question ‘Why punish?’ as ‘Why respond to p…

Teck Mine Delay and Industry's 2015 Forecast Cool Tar Sands Expansion Forecasts Further

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[This is not to say that things are not going great guns on the tarsands at present - they are. This is, rather, the result of some new and rather grim forecasts for the industry. "In this current era of low oil prices, mass mobilization against new tar sands transport infrastructure, and a groundswell of international calls to confront climate change, future growth of the tar sands industry continues to look less and less likely." *RON*]
Joshua Axelrod, Switchboard (National Resources Defense Council), 8 July 2015

This week, the largest proposed tar sands project on the horizon--Teck Resources' Frontier Mine--was delayed by at least five years, with production pegged to begin in 2026 instead of 2021. According to the company, the $20.6 billion, 260,000 barrel per day (bpd) mine fell victim to the industry's ongoing economic troubles. With benchmark oil prices persisting near $50 per barrel, the tar sands industry is facing a do…

Will Canada’s next federal government show leadership on climate change?

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[De facto support for increasing the effects of climate change from the Conservatives (see How an enviro minister spent her day not attending a climate summit), hard targets from the NDP and Greens, and nice-sounding target-free jibber-jabber from the Liberals. *RON*]

Dale Marshall, Environmental Defense, 8 July 2015

Federal parties are proposing very different approaches to tackling climate change and engaging in the U.N. climate summit in Paris in December.

Canada’s federal election in October will take place just six weeks before the U.N. climate summit in December. As a result, Canadians do not yet know who will represent us at the Paris summit.

What we do know is that Canadians want climate leadership. For proof, look at this past weekend’s massive march in Toronto, where labour groups, First Nations, social justice leaders, environmentalists, faith groups, student groups and more marched side by side to tell elected leaders it’s time to get …