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2,000 veterans to serve as 'human shields' for Standing Rock protesters

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[The messaging is perfectly clear when US military veterans line up against corporate flunkies with water cannons. This is not the democracy they put their lives on the line for. *RON*]
Andrew Couts, The Daily Dot, 29 November 2016
Activists protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline are about to get some major help from a group that knows what it means to fight.

Some 2,000 United States military veterans have signed up to serve as “human shields” for protesters at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, where they remain locked in an ongoing and sometimes dangerous standoff with police, the New York Times reports.

Blowing the climate change budget with pipelines

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[When we expand pipelines, the math doesn’t add up for meeting our international climate change commitments. *RON*]
Simon Donner, Policy Options, 30 November 2016


The Trudeau government has embarked on a grand political compromise between fighting climate change and supporting western Canada’s fossil fuel industry. It is hoping that advancing a national climate policy, which includes creating a price on carbon, phasing out coal power, and enacting methane controls, will provide the political capital to approve new pipeline capacity.

But while the political math may work; the actual math for meeting our international emissions targets does not.

The Colombian Peace and its Discontents

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[An interesting piece on the otherwise seemingly baffling manner in which Columbia rejected a peace agreement wit FARC. Colombians can disagree without killing each other. But throughout the country’s history, certain matters have tended to fall outside the scope of peaceful disagreement. *RON*]

Juan Diego Prieto, N Plus One, 28 November 2016
IT’S ABOUT 6 PM ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2. I’m walking down the street when two policemen ask to see my cédula, the same national ID card I used a few hours ago to mark the “yes” box on the plebiscite ballot to ratify the peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC. In the instant of casting my vote, it had felt grandiose—like history in the making. Then the numbers on the television refreshed my memory: 49.78 percent “Yes,” 50.21 percent “No.” That’s not how Colombian history works.

TD Bank fourth-quarter earnings rise by 25 per cent to $2.3B

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[For the full year, TD Bank had net income of $8.94 billion compared with $8.02 billion a year ago. As always, the banksters are making a killing. Almost literally in this case, since TD is invested in DAPL at Standing Rock. *RON*]

Canadian Press, Toronto Star, 1 December 2016

TD Bank is reporting fourth-quarter $2.30 billion of net income, up 25 per cent from a year ago when it had $1.84 billion in profits.

Kinder Morgan: The fight starts now!

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[I'm bombarded with requests from a dozen groups who all want my support to fight Kinder-Morgan and their ilk, but none of them cooperate with any of the rest. "To achieve any overall success, these multiple challenges require a coordinated effort by a strategic environmental movement, organized by region, industry, sector. It needs to develop a tactical focus and organizational structure that is informed by some understanding of what links all these threats together." *RON*]

Brad Hornick, rabble.ca, 29 November 2016


At the thousands-strong demonstration against Kinder Morgan earlier this month in Vancouver, I lounged in a sailboat in False Creek with kayaktivists swarming around me, looking up under the Cambie Bridge at a very large homemade "NO KINDER MORGAN" banner that my friends had stitched in fishnet.

Northern Gateway rejection proves communities can stop pipelines – including Trans Mountain

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