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What If All U.S. Coal Workers Were Retrained to Work in Solar?

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["...the growth of solar-related employment could benefit coal workers, by easily absorbing the coal-industry layoffs over the next 15 years and offering full-time careers." See also: Big Oil Increasingly Funding Dividends With Borrowing. What could possibly go wrong here, right? And this one: 20 Months, 90 Bankruptcies In North-American Oil & Gas. *RON*]

Joshua M. Pearce, Harvard Business Review, 8 August 2016

The global economy is in a massive transition from a fossil-fuel-based energy system to one using sophisticated renewable energy technologies. For tens of thousands of fossil fuel workers, though, the energy industry outlook is not promising. For coal industry workers, the future looks particularly bleak. However, research I conducted with Edward Louie of Oregon State University offers hope for a better future based on retraining workers. Our study (published in the journal Energy Economics) quantified the costs and benefits …

It Would Take 228 Years for Black Families to Amass Wealth of White Families, Analysis Says

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[On racism and wealth in America. The gap was narrowing prior to the recession and now has exploded. *RON*]

By Kate Davidson, Wall Street Journal Blogs, 9 August 2016

Two hundred and twenty-eight years: That’s how long it would take for African-Americans to accumulate the same amount of wealth whites have now if current policies remain in place, according to a new analysis from the Corporation for Enterprise Development and Institute for Policy Studies.

The stunning estimate is part of a study the two groups released this week on the racial wealth divide in the U.S., highlighting the growing disparity between Americans of color and everyone else, the policies that contributed to a widening divide and proposals to help reverse the trend.

CFED and IPS looked at 30 years of data from the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances, which includes information on Americans’ balance sheets, income, pensions and demographic characteristics.

Over the past…

U.N. expert warns racism, police threaten civil rights in U.S., slams biased justice system

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["Navi Pillay, who lived through apartheid in South Africa, compared the police crackdown on protests against police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri to what she saw in her own white supremacist country. See also: Body Camera Failed to Record Chicago Police Shooting of Black Teenager. *RON*]
Ben Norton, Salon, 8 August 2016

A United Nations human rights experts has warned that racism threatens Americans’ basic civil rights.

“African-Americans are subjected to systematic police harassment — and sometimes much worse — often for doing nothing more than walking down the street or gathering in a group,” wrote Maina Kiai, U.N. special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, after a recent trip to the U.S.

“People have good reason to be angry and frustrated at the moment,” he said. “And it is at times like these when robust promotion of assembly and association rights are needed most.”

Site C Threatens Indigenous Rights: Amnesty International Report

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[The Province believes that if there was a meeting and they sent a low-level functionary with his fingers in his ears to show up, they have 'consulted.' *RON*]
By Dirk Meissner, Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 9 August 2016
VICTORIA — An Amnesty International report calling for work to stop on British Columbia's $8.8 billion Site C hydroelectric dam will not affect construction on the project, says the Crown corporation building the project.

The independent human rights advocate released a report Tuesday calling on the federal and provincial governments to suspend or rescind all construction approvals and permits related to the project in northeast B.C., saying the megaproject on the Peace River threatens the human rights of indigenous peoples.

The report, The Point of No Return, also said the project should only proceed on the basis of free, prior and informed consent of all affected indigenous peoples.

At least two area First Nations…

Nauru: Leak reveals children sexually abused at prison

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[The reports are absolutely appalling. Thousands of abuse and assault cases outlined in documents leaked to the Guardian paint a grim picture of life in Nauru. The Australian government took swift action to investigate reports of the abuse of children in correctional facilities in Australia but has done nothing about these continued and well documented cases of abuse and assault of refugee claimants. *RON*]

Al Jazeera and agencies, Al Jazeera, 10 August 2016
More than 2,000 incidents, including sexual abuse, assault and attempted self-harm, were reported over two years at an Australian prison for asylum seekers in Nauru, more than half involving children, the Guardian has reported.

Leaked documents published by the Guardian Australia on Wednesday detailed the level of abuse at the prison on tiny Nauru, one of two run by Australia on neighbouring South Pacific islands, and showed that children bore the brunt of the trauma.

The closely protected pris…

Candidate for UN secretary general among those denied visa to Montreal's World Social Forum

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[" taints Canada's reputation of openness and hospitality that is always put forward." High-profile Malian activist Aminata Traoré says visa refusals failure of democracy. *RON*]
By Melissa Fundira, CBC News 9 August 2016
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A candidate to succeed Ban Ki-moon as United Nations secretary general is among those denied a visa by Canadian immigration officials for this week's World Social Forum in Montreal.

Aminata Traoré, a high-profile anti-globalization activist and a former minister of tourism and culture in Mali, said the visa controversy is a stain on Canada's reputation as an open country.

"Honestly I wasn't expecting this," Traoré told Radio-Canada in an interview.