By Bill Henderson - November 26, 2012
Our economy and its steady growth are important to Canadians but it cannot be at the cost of our kids and grand-kids. It is criminal to benefit today from actions that will cause so much pain, that threaten everything we know and love: civilization or nature as we know it today, or even the opportunity for our kids to have a life, a future.
By Jesse McLaren - November 24, 2012
The Conservative government is denying chemotherapy to refugees and imposing carcinogenic tar sands on indigenous communities, as part of an oil-driven economy that puts profits above people and the planet. But there are growing movements demanding healthcare and a green future for all.
From the beautiful unceded Unis’tot’en Yintah (Territory): On the evening of November 20th, 2012, Wet’suwet’en Chief Toghestiy intercepted and issued an eagle feather to surveyors from the Can-Am Geomatics company who were working for Apache’s proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP). In Wet’suwet’en law, an eagle feather is used as a first and only notice of trespass. The surveyors and all other people associated with PTP were ordered to leave the territory and told that they are not ever allowed to return to Unis’tot’en land.
Unis’tot’en Statement of Solidarity With Tar Sands Blockades: There Will be Many Pipeline Blockades!
The Unis’tot’en Camp stands in solidarity with the Tar Sands Blockade. We commend the courage and dedication of the dauntless eco-warriors of Texas. May our actions be in conjunction with yours.
On August 29, 2005, New Orleans was woefully unprotected. It wasn't accidental. It was planned.
Community Corridor - Part 1: A Strategy to Resist industrial Infrastructure and Pipelines from Kitimat to Texas
Where industry says it will build energy corridors we will build community corridors in its place. The movement must move from isolated blockades and direct actions, as bold as they may be, to actively building radical alternative communities, resistance communities, directly in the path of extraction and industrial infrastructure. Environmentalists, with indigenous communities in the lead, must collaborate to establish fully permanent communities, self-sustaining and autonomous from the industrial system in order to be genuinely effective in resisting it.
Alright, eco-warriors, consider yourselves on notice. Tar Sands Blockade is stepping our game up, and we’re calling on you to do the same...We’ll be throwing down in a big way next Monday, November 19th, somewhere near Nacogdoches, Texas, the heart of outlaw territory in this region for hundreds of years, and we want you to do the same.
Signs of the Depressing State of Our Political Discourse: Climate Change Silence and Jason Kenney's Award
By Karl Nerenberg - November 3, 2012
Canada's Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, is a master at the game of turning complex policy issues into nasty bumper stickers...We have not had any government, of any stripe, in recent memory...that has chosen to adopt such a negative rhetorical tone on immigration...Rather than cloak his legislative initiatives in the garb of pragmatic necessity, Kenney likes to up the ante with harsh, confrontational and punitive language.
By Fred Mazelis - 3 November 2012
With the death toll from Hurricane Sandy climbing towards 100, and several million people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut facing a fifth day without electricity, heat and, in many cases, food and water, anger and frustration has boiled over at the failure of the federal, state and local governments to provide adequate relief.
By RITT GOLDSTEIN - November 01, 2012
Neo-Liberalism, its Church of the Almighty Dollar, didn’t care about Global Warming – it’s money and business that are important! And so, there’s perhaps a ‘silver lining’ to the money and business ‘Frankenstorm’ so nastily stole, but only if this latest wake-up call isn’t denied, the capacity for denial seeming to be the favorite renewable resource of far too many.
By Candice Bernd - October 28, 2012
... [I]n East Texas, a contingent of Tar Sands Blockaders maintains their vigil...to stop construction on the Gulf Coast extension of the controversial project...The nonviolent blockaders have been met with pain compliance tactics, felony charges, a SLAPP suit which uses the language of "eco-terrorism" and what amounts to a police state surrounding their tree village in Winnsboro, Texas.
America Acts Like It Owns the World, While Endangering the Planet from Nuclear War and Climate Change
By Noam Chomsky - October 26, 2012
In the late 1940s, there’s an event that’s known here as "the loss of China." China became independent...And it became a major issue in American domestic policy...[T]he phrase "loss of China" kind of presupposes a deeply held principle of kind of American elite consciousness: we own the world, and if some piece of it becomes independent, we’ve lost it. And that’s a terrible loss; we’ve got to do something about it. It’s never questioned, which is interesting in itself.
Video by the Center for American Progress courtesy of Counterpunch.
Fifty-one years and counting! On August 10, 1961, America began spraying Agent Orange in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Operation Ranch Hand waged herbicidal warfare for 10 years.
By Dr. John O'connor - Znet Commentary
So the [Canadian Federal government has] decided to launch an investigation into potential health effects of ... windmills!...However, what about Fort Chipewyan, the community downstream from the tar sands? The oldest settlement in Alberta, and a very traditional Indigenous community...The residents there had spent years trying to bring attention to the changes they'd noticed in the staples of their subsistence...and in the water of the Athabasca River and Lake...These changes were dramatic...