Showing posts from January 26, 2016

U.S. & Allies Make bin Laden Admirer a Negotiator in Syria Peace Talks

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[There can be no clearer illustration of the fact that the so-called 'moderates' that the US is allying itself with against ISIS in Syria are simply terrorists of a slightly different stripe. "Apparently, anything to get rid of Russia's ally Assad is okay with Western leaders." *RON*]
by Eric Zuesse, Washington's Blog, 25 January 2016

On January 25th, which was the date when peace talks on Syria were to start, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that the organization founded by Osama bin Laden admirer, Zahran Alloush, represent the anti-Assad forces in the upcoming Syrian peace talks, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov very reluctantly accepted.

Alloush had founded and led the jihadist organization, Jaysh al-Islam. Wikipedia says “Jaysh al-Islam ex-leader Zahran Alloush gave a speech on the merits of Hajj in 2013 and praised Usama bin Laden, addressing him by the honorific ‘Sheikh’ and the honorific ‘rahima…

Robert Reich on Money & the Left Political Establishment

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[The plutocracy and so-called progressive politics in the US. Why were all copies of Robert Reich's interview removed from YouTube? Also very interesting in letting you know exactly whom we are talking about when we talk about The Democratic Establishment. *RON*]

by Gaius Publius, Down With Tyranny!, 25 January 2016.
Money uses money to neuter Democrats and enable Republicans.
You've no doubt heard by now of the dust-up (or "dust-up," meaning the manufactured kind) over Bernie Sanders' remarks when he said, while he'd like the endorsement of all the big left organizations, he understands that establishment organizations are going to endorse the insider (my phrasing).

Here's Sanders' original statement, made on-air to Rachel Maddow (my emphasis). [Update: Includes the rest of this quote.]

Maddow: "Senator, let me ask you another question in terms of how the campaign is going forward.

Hundreds protest outside Kinder Morgan's National Energy Board hearings

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[News from the Banana Republic: they are still holding 'public' hearings without the public and the words 'climate change' are still forbidden from consideration. See also: National Energy Board Failing To Ensure Pipeline Safety: Environment Watchdog. *RON*]
By Alyse Kotyk,, 25 January 2016

On Saturday, over 200 protestors gathered outside of the Kinder Morgan National Energy Board (NEB) hearings in Burnaby, B.C.

The environmental review hearings for the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline began on January 19, but members of the general public have not been allowed to attend.

"They call this a public hearing, but that's a misnomer," said Burnaby City Councillor Sav Dhaliwal. "There's no public in there. There isn't any. Public hearing without the public…concerned citizens are not allowed to go in there."

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal: Government Discriminated Against Children On Reserves

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[As a pent-up tidal surge of demands for justice rises in response to Harper's defeat, Trudeau will need to do some might fancy financial dancing to keep up with his election promises. Particularly if he also intends to sell the Canadian economy down the river to multinational corporations with things like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and CEP. *RON*]
By The Canadian Press, Huffington Post, 26 January 2016

OTTAWA — The federal government discriminated against children on reserves in its funding of child welfare services, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled Tuesday.

The quasi-judicial body published its findings nine years after a complaint from the Assembly of First Nations and The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, which argued the federal government failed to provide First Nations children with the same level of services that exist elsewhere.

In its legally binding decision, the tribunal found First Nations are adver…

Rethinking Evolution: Symbiosis at the Heart of Change

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[Lynn Margulis was always a maverick, and a lateral thinker - she died about five years ago. She was the wife of Carl Sagan and the co-developer, along with James Lovelock, of the Gaia Theory, which proposes that the earth functions as a single, self-regulating system. Her name is mainly associated with symbiosis in evolutionary theory. In particular, she "transformed and fundamentally framed current understanding of the evolution of cells with nuclei – an event Ernst Mayr called 'perhaps the most important and dramatic event in the history of life' – by proposing it to have been the result of symbiotic mergers of bacteria." *RON*]

Anne Fausto-Sterling, Boston Review, 25 January 2016
So you meet an accomplished genius who spews out visionary yet seemingly unsupported ideas. You try to grasp them, but they seem too expansive, too glittery, too smooth. Still, even as others are muttering that this time she has gone too far, you su…

Against Growing Authoritarian Threat of Far-Right, Massive Marches in Poland

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["We want to preserve our democracy and our freedom," said one demonstration organizer. Whatever its cultural and historical glories, Poland has always had a history of authoritarianism and xenophobia. It's significant that this crowd was also carrying European flags. *RON*]

By Jon QueallyCommon Dreams, 23 January 2016

Thousands of citizens marched through city streets across Poland on Saturday to protest the right-wing government's encroaching authoritarianism, including a new plan to enact sweeping surveillance measures.

"Our privacy, intimacy is under threat, we can be followed, watched over both in our homes, and online," Mateusz Kijowski, founder of the Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD) party and one of the protest organizers, told a large crowd in Warsaw as people held signs and stood in frigid temperatures to voice their opposition to the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party that took control in Novem…

Zika virus set to spread across Americas, spurring vaccine hunt

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[Note how "Zika virus causes brain-damage to thousands of Latino babies" spurred little or nothing. *RON*]
By Tom Miles & Ben Hirschler, Reuters, 25 January 2016

The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil, is likely to spread to all countries in the Americas except for Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
Zika transmission has not yet been reported in the continental United States, although a woman who fell ill with the virus in Brazil later gave birth to a brain-damaged baby in Hawaii.

Brazil's Health Ministry said in November that Zika was linked to a fetal deformation known as microcephaly, in which infants are born with smaller-than-usual brains.

Brazil has reported 3,893 suspected cases of microcephaly, the WHO said last Friday, over 30 times more than in any year since 2010 and equivalent to 1-2 percent of all newborns in the state of Perna…

2 Abortion Foes Behind Planned Parenthood Videos Are Indicted

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[Republicans, who want to rule the world, too dumb to run a smear campaign. *RON*]

By Manny Fernandez, New York Times, 25 January 2016
HOUSTON — A grand jury here that was investigating accusations of misconduct against Planned Parenthood has instead indicted two abortion opponents who made undercover videos of the organization.

Prosecutors in Harris County said one of the leaders of the Center for Medical Progress — an anti-abortion group that made secretly recorded videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials trying to illegally profit from the sale of fetal tissue — had been indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record, a felony, and on a misdemeanor charge related to purchasing human organs.

That leader, David R. Daleiden, 27, the director of the center, had posed as a biotechnology representative to infiltrate Planned Parenthood affiliates and surreptitiously record his efforts to procure tissue for research. Another …