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June 2013

ANNOUNCING: Action Campaign to Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership is an action campaign to Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We invite you to join us. In order to stop the TPP we need to act quickly and in solidarity with people in other countries. This massive trade agreement is a high priority for transnational corporations, and they are working fast to make it law.The TPP affects many issues, including worker’s rights and wages, environmental collapse and climate change, sovereignty of nations and democratic rule of law, Internet freedom and online creativity, food safety and agriculture, healthcare and financial regulation (including controls over the flow of capital), and much more. For a quick overview of some of the issues, click through the slides on our home page.

US Needs Free College and Vocational Education

The info graphic in this post shows the difference between Nordic countries where post high school education is free and students receive a stipend, compare to the United States where tuition is costly and rising while students go into debt. It makes the obvious case for free education and why it is better for a country, especially the richest country in world history, the Untied States.

‘The Biggest Protest In Egypt’s History’

The people of Egypt are out in full force today to protest against President Mohamed Morsi, whom many believe has lost his legitimacy after becoming the country's first democratically elected president. Opposition leaders are calling for the resignation of the Muslim Brotherhood leader, the dissolution of Egypt's Islamist-dominated elected parliament, and the shelving of Islamist-drafted constitution to set up a new round of elections and a new constitution. A military source told AFP that "millions" of protesters took to the streets. "It is the biggest protest in Egypt's history."

Assange: Rebukes Kerry & Biden, Praises Manning & Snowden

Appearing exclusively on ABC's This Week on Sunday morning, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange discussed his and NSA leaker Edward Snowden's respective asylum situations, as well as the United States' "disgraceful" treatment of Snowden in revoking his passport. Assange explained that the particular district in northern Virginia typically has jury pools made up of CIA and Pentagon workers, and is known as "rocket docket" for its "lack of scrutiny procedures" and high conviction rates. Assange said Secretary of State Kerry's statements that lives were put at risk was false, and Vice President Biden should not be pressuring Ecuador on asylum.

Fearless Summer: Powerful Start 6 Days 18 States 28 Actions.

We have been urging people to get involved with Fearless Summer since it was first announced. We love the solidarity shown by multiple groups across the country concerned about extreme extraction for radical energy. Fearless Summer promised "epic actions" and in their first week they have delivered. They are showing that: All around the country, all around the world, people are rising up to resist extreme energy. Get involved. Create a clean energy economy that is carbon-free and nuclear-free.

Fearless Summer Brings a Storm to the Finger Lakes

A Storm is Brewing in the Finger Lakes. Yesterday, over 60 people with the Finger Lakes Action Network converged on the Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing, New York to demand the permeant retirement of the coal-fired power plant and say "NO!" to the repowering of the facility with toxic fracked gas. The plant has been burning over 900,000 tons of coal a year from Mountain Top Removal sites in Appalachia and now they want to convert it to burn toxic fracked gas, poisoning communities in the Shalefields and increasing the presence of Fracking infrastructure.

Fearless Summer: Protests in Montana, Washington, Idaho, Oregon

Across the North West last week, people took action against coal exports and plans to turn the Pacific Northwest into a dirty energy super corridor! On Tuesday, Montanans rallied at the County Courthouse in Missoula against Exports and the Otter Creek Mine with Blue Skies Campaign, Coal Export Action and Northern Rockies Rising Tide. On Thursday, Washington and Idaho united to opposed Ambre energy's proposed coal terminal in Oregon. Wild Idaho Rising visited the Army Corps in Coeur D'Alene while Occupy Spokane andSpokane Coalition Builders brought the message to the streets. On Friday, Rising Tide Seattle and Portland Rising Tide saw some rowdy bike rides visiting all sorts of climate criminals to tell them to keep their fossil fuels off their coast!

NSA Can Store 1 Billion Calls a Day & Listen to Them

The NSA has a “brand new” technology that enables one billion cell phone calls a day to be redirected into its data hoards and stored, according to the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who said that a new leak of Snowden's documents was ‘coming soon.’ Calling it part of a “globalized system to destroy all privacy,” and the enduring creation of a climate of fear, Greenwald outlined the capabilities of the NSA to store every single call while having “the capability to listen to them at any time,” while speaking via Skype to the Socialism Conference in Chicago, on Friday. Greenwald was the first journalist to leak Snowden’s documents, having travelled to Hong Kong to review them prior to exposure.

Photo Gallery: Drone Killer Protest at CIA Headquarters

Photo gallery of protest against CIA's killer drone program. Fifty people protested killer drones at the main gate of the CIA in Virginia on Saturday, June 29, 2013, and six individuals were arrested attempting to deliver a letter to CIA director William Brennan calling for an end to drone killings. The action was organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR], a group that has been active in challenging U.S. invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries, abolishing torture, closing Guantanamo, and bringing an end to drone warfare.

Europe Angry, Organizing Against US Spying

The European Union has demanded that the United States explain a report in a German magazine that Washington is spying on the group, using unusually strong language to confront its closest trading partner over its alleged surveillance activities. A spokeswoman for the European Commission said on Sunday the EU contacted U.S. authorities in Washington and Brussels about a report in Der Spiegel magazine that the U.S. secret service had tapped EU offices in Washington and Brussels and at the United Nations. "We have immediately been in contact with the U.S. authorities in Washington D.C. and in Brussels and have confronted them with the press reports," the spokeswoman said. "They have told us they are checking on the accuracy of the information released yesterday and will come back to us," she added in a statement.

Video: Starving for Justice

The victims in Guantanamo Bay are prisoners who are indefinitely detained, tortured & have been on hunger strike since February 6 2013. Human rights groups and individuals around the world continue to take part in actions, fasting and protests around the world.

Democracy Is Busting Down the Doors of State Capitols Across the Country

From the Texas filibuster to Pennsylvania's low-wager-worker sleep-in, citizens are rising up. What's happening in your state? Madison. Occupy… Now in North Carolina it’s Moral Mondays. In Texas it’s a filibuster, hundreds of thousands watching online, and the spectator gallery goes nuts when Republicans try to shut down the speaker. In Pennsylvania low-wage workers are sleeping in the capitol. In Nebraska it’s Pipeline Fighters. What’s happening in your state?

Another Whistleblower? Did Obama’s Favorite General Betray Him?

Cartwright a surprise whistleblower because four-star generals, active or retired, aren't the usual targets of such probes. This is especially so of a general like Cartwright, who, from 2007-11, was vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - the U.S. military's second-highest-ranking officer - and who, in his final years, was known as "Obama's favorite general." Officers of this stature tend to build layers of insulation around themselves. But Cartwright was unusual in that respect. As one former senior defense official described him, he was "a lone wolf." He was very smart, a policy intellectual on the level of Gens. David Petraeus and James Mattis, but he had no protective layers, no inner circle of loyalists, and no talent (or desire) for building alliances with his fellow officers.

Mass Protest, Not a Speech, Is Needed to Address Climate Change

It is hard to take President Obama seriously when that person has presided over the biggest expansion of the security state in U.S. history and relentlessly pursued government whistleblowers with unprecedented ferocity, when they say simultaneously in a climate speech that they are directing the EPA to generate new standards for the regulation of existing power plants in “an open and transparent way.” One immediately recognizes the inadequacy of his Action Plan On Climate Change to keep the planet below the critical threshold of 2 degrees Celsius of average warming. Rather than celebrating Obama’s renewed “commitment” to environmental action, we should recognize it for what it is: After five years of doing all he can to promote fossil fuel production, it’s the first, timid, grudging response of the U.S. state to the growing environmental movement against Obama and all that he represents: the economic, political and military priorities of U.S. imperial power.

Impunity Inc: Reflections on the “Super Rights” and “Super Powers” of Corporate Capital

“We are faced by a direct confrontation between the large transnational corporations and the states. The corporations are interfering in the fundamental political, economic and military decisions of the states. The corporations are global organizations that do not depend on any state and whose activities are not controlled by, nor are they accountable to any parliament or any other institution representative of the collective interest. In short, all the world political structure is being undermined. The large transnational firms are prejudicial to the genuine interests of the developing countries and their dominating and uncontrolled action is also carried out in the industrialized countries, where they are based. This has recently been denounced in Europe and in the United States and resulted in a US Senate investigation. The developed nations are just as threatened by this danger as the underdeveloped ones.
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