By Ted Glick - Znet Commentary
...[F]or those who are turned off by all of [the Obama] administration’s many betrayals of his campaign promises and unsure of what they’ll be doing about the Presidential election, and for those who have had it with both Republicans and Democrats, the campaign to defeat the Keystone XL pipeline is a classic unifying issue, an urgent issue. The next few months are key.
By Chris Hedges - Truthdig
We have, as always happens in war, become the monster we sought to defeat. We destroy in order to save. Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council estimates that the number of Libyans killed in the last six months...has exceeded 50,000. Our intervention, as in Iraq and Afghanistan, has probably claimed more victims than those killed by the former regime. But this intervention [was never]...about protecting or saving Libyan lives. It was about the domination of oil fields by Western corporations.
By Bill Van Auken - WSWS
One of the strategic objectives of US imperialism and its Western European counterparts was precisely to counter growing Chinese influence in Libya and Africa generally, as well as Russia’s ambitions, which included talks with the Gaddafi government on acquiring a Mediterranean port for its navy in Benghazi.
Following his meeting with Secretary Napolitano, Minister Toews also announced that Prime Minister Harper and U.S. President Obama will meet in early fall where they will be updated and provide further directions on plans for a North American security perimeter. There are fears that any deal reached could be lopsided with Canada giving up more than it gains. Over the last number of years, Canada has already enacted many U.S. security measures.
By CONN HALLINAN - Counterpunch
[That the] U.S. is interested in a “lawful world order”...would certainly come as a surprise to the Palestinians, the Shiites in the Gulf, and peasants in Colombia who suffer the deprivations of death squads aided by the U.S....The U.S. supports international law when it is in its interests to do so, undermines it when it is not, and ignores it when it is inconvenient...The record speaks for itself.
By CHRIS FLOYD - Counterpunch
Another war for oil? Surely not! But just to be on the safe side, the world’s oil barons are already moving in to seal some sweetheart deals on that sweet, sweet crude with the new, NATO-installed masters of Libya...And guess what? It turns out that companies from the Western countries that eagerly rained tons of death-metal on the Libyan people are being given the inside track to the post-Gaddafi gusher. Meanwhile, countries that had urged caution...now face relegation to the outer darkness.
August 24, 2011 - Intercontinental Cry
Another fifty-two environmental activists were arrested on Monday for taking part in the Tar Sands Action, a peaceful two-week protest that's urging President Obama to reject a permit for the risky Keystone XL pipeline.
Setting out from Pinehouse Lake on July 27, Debbie Morin thought she had only a few allies for a walk to protest nuclear waste storage in Saskatchewan. By the time the 820-kilometre walk finished in Regina on Tuesday, Morin and the other walkers said thousands were on their side.
A new publishing house in Minneapolis, Subsect Press, will be releasing a book to describe how a non-hierarchical, regenerative and anti-capitalist society can meet human needs.
By Jason Farbman - August 08, 2011
WORKER AND student struggles have broken out across Chile in recent months in a series of challenges to the new right-wing government and its polices...High school students are at the center of the new movements. Since mid-June, tens of thousands of students and teachers have been fighting back against the administration of President Sebastian Piñera, a right-wing billionaire.
Friday, August 5, 2011 - Common Dream
Canada is worried that proposed European legislation would penalize imports of oil derived from its tar sands and so restrict access to the European market for Canadian oil. This might in turn embolden US legislators to do similar. To prevent this...Ottawa has been conducting an intensive lobbying campaign aimed at preventing the British government and the European commission from watering down the legislation.
By CHARLES ABUGRE - July 29-31, 2011
...Libya is under invasion from air and sea bombardments directed by foreign special forces on Libyan soil. The purpose of the invasion is regime change. The aim of the bombs that are killing people and laying Tripoli to waste is for one purpose only, to help a rebel group they formed and armed to overthrow the Colonel Gaddafi regime...This is a sad time indeed. How else can one describe what is going on in Libya but a wicked, heartless folly?
By Krystalline Kraus - July 25, 2011
The Dene First Nation...passed a resolution supporting British Columbia's Yinka Deneerent in their opposition to Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline and supporting the right for Indigenous decision making power over their territory..."More than 50 per cent of the proposed Enbridge pipeline and tanker route passes through the territories of First Nations that have banned this development according to their traditional laws. These Nations now have the support of Dene from northern Alberta to the Arctic coast."
By Joseph Santolan - WSWS
On July 14, US Senators John McCain and John Kerry wrote a letter to Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo...[stating] that the "assertive measures taken by China against foreign vessels in the South China Sea["]...could result in an escalation of future incidents. They added that this would “jeopardize the vital national interests of the United States”...This terminology is quite ominous, as “vital national security” interests are those that a country will go to war to defend. The threat of US armed intervention lurks not far behind such words.
By Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith - June 30, 2011
The Keystone XL pipeline is a key link in an energy path that will lead to devastation for American working families...We've all heard about global warming caused by the emission of carbon and other "greenhouse gases" into the atmosphere...[T]here is a near-total consensus among climate scientists that it is real and that it will cause devastating climate change. That means rising sea levels, an ever-increasing number of extreme weather events like droughts, floods, and heat waves, and consequences like forest fires and species extinction.