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November 2015

Trial Of First Freddie Grey Officer Begins, Protesters Return

By Kevin Zeese for Popular Resistance. On Monday, November 30th, the trial of William G. Porter the first Baltimore police officer in the Freddie Grey killing began with jury selection. The Washington Post reports and other news reports all said that inside the courtroom protests could be heard/ The Post writes: "Chants from protesters standing outside in the cold, light rain filtered into the marbled courtroom: “We won’t stop until killer cops are in cell blocks.” Protesters were outside the courthouse in the morning and in the evening when court finished. The trial is expected to continue through mid-December. Protests are likely to occur throughout the trial. The Post reports "Sharon Black, 66, a retired registered nurse, stood among the demonstrators holding a yellow banner that read, 'No police terror; black lives matter.' She said that her group has been at the courthouse during each major development in the case. 'We’ve been out here, primarily to keep the pressure on.

Sierra Leone Villagers Sue Mining Company In London High Court

By Lisa O'Carroll for The Guardian - An iron ore firm once listed in London is being sued in a multimillion pound lawsuit over evictions and alleged violent treatment of workers and villagers living near one of its mines in Sierra Leone. African Minerals Limited is accused of complicity in false imprisonment, assault and battery, trespass and theft of the claimants’ property. It is also allegedly implicated in a fatal shooting of a 24-year-old by police during a protest over pay and conditions. The allegations, which have been denied by AML, once again raises questions about regulation of western companies, listed in London, New York or other major stock exchanges, when operating thousands of miles away in developing countries.

War On Terror Is War On Youth: Paris And Impoverishment Of Future

By Henry A. Giroux and Brad Evans for Truthout - There is a revealing similarity between the attacks on September 11, 2001 – when airplanes were flown into the twin towers, killing thousands of people – and the attacks in Paris, in which over 130 people were killed and hundreds wounded. Yet, what they have in common has been largely overlooked in the mainstream and alternative media’s coverage of the more recent terrorist attacks. While both assaults have been rightly viewed as desperate acts of alarming terrorism, what has been missed is that both acts of violence were committed by young men. This is not a minor issue because unraveling this similarity provides the possibility for addressing the conditions that made such attacks possible.

Israel Coordinate Google Censorship Of Palestinian Videos Of Conflict

By Saed Bannoura for Alternet - Israeli daily Maariv said Hotovely will be working with Google and YouTube officials in a joint mechanism that will be in charge of “monitoring and preventing” any publication of materials deemed by Tel Aviv to be “inflammatory.” Hotovely announced in a Hebrew-only press release that she met with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and Google’s Director of Public Policy, Jennifer Oztzistzki, at Google’s Silicon Valley Offices. Hotovely said that she received a comprehensive review mechanism for companies to monitor the films that allegedly incite violence, claiming that the supposed ‘incitement videos’ drive young children to go out and stab...

No Art Left Behind

By Susan Dufresne and Anthony Cody for Living in Dialogue - In the past 13 years of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top test-driven education policies, art has been pushed to the margins in our schools. Students have lost countless hours for creating art, music and dance that expresses themselves. But artistic expression is like the seedling that forces its way through cracks in the asphalt. This blog series will explore how students and teachers use art to express themselves. The series was inspired by a Facebook post authored by artist and kindergarten teacher Susan DuFresne.

5,000 March In Madrid Anti-War Protests As France Lobbies Spain

By Staff of The Local, Some 5,000 people protested in Madrid on Saturday, wary that joining France in attacks on ISIS strongholds in Syria would once again make the country a target for militants. Many Spaniards believe the Al-Qaeda-inspired bomb attacks in the Spanish capital in 2004, which killed 191, came in retaliation for their country's involvement in the Iraq war. The protests were organized by the collective #NoEnNuestroNombre (#NotInOurName), and were attended by some of the country's leading actors, journalists and politicians. More than 30,000 people signed the collective's petition condemning both the Paris attacks and retaliatory bombing against Syria.

COP21: 100 People Held In Paris Amid Climate Protest Violence

By Staff of Reuters - About 100 people have been detained after a major protest in Paris seeking a global climate deal turned violent, Paris’s police chief said. Michel Cadot told reporters that police had identified about 200 or 300 people who violated a ban on all protests under the country’s state of emergency. The state of emergency was declared after the recent extremist attacks that resulted in the deaths of 130 people in the French capital. Mr Cadot said on Sunday about 100 people found to have projectiles or other suspicious objects were detained. Police fired numerous rounds of tear gas on protesters near the Place de la Republique to disperse them.

It’s #TimeToChoose Climate-Friendly Food

By Michael Pollan for The Huffington Post - When the international climate negotiators assembling in Paris next week sit down for dinner, they might reflect on the climate impact of their meal. Indeed, in the midst of a growing - and very encouraging - global conversation on how to address the common threat of climate change, far too little attention has been paid at the highest levels to the impact of our diets and farming practices on planet-warming emissions. To put it another way: if we are serious about changing the climate, we need to get serious about changing agriculture.

Chemicals Used In Fracking: Industry Discloses Less And Less

By Lisa Song for InsideClimate News - Since 2013, energy companies that report their hydraulic fracturing chemicals to the FracFocus website have become less forthcoming, increasingly citing the use of proprietary compounds to limit disclosure, according to a new study from the journal Energy Policy. The paper, written by two Harvard University researchers, is the most comprehensive analysis of FracFocus to date. They examined more than 96,000 disclosure forms filed between March 2011 and April 2015, highlighting trends and offering suggestions to improve the site's accuracy and completeness.

The Climate Games: Preparations Over, Games Ready To Begin!

By Staff of Paris Climate Justice - As you may know from reading our response to the attacks in Paris, we have decided to continue the Climate Games in this city where the COP21 is taking place, despite the banning of all outdoor political demonstrations. The state of Climate Emergency is far too great for us to call the Games off. Christmas markets, trade fairs and football matches continue as normal, so why not the Climate Games? For further information and last minute updates, please check our website. The French government wants to reduce the COP21 to "the essential — negotiations”, we think that what is essential is civil society expressing itself in the streets and that without that, there should be no COP21.

Solidarity With COP21 Protests, Hundreds At White House

By John Zangas for DC Media Group - Washington, DC – Several hundred people allied with environmental organizations rallied at the White House on Sunday, November 30 to show their solidarity with protests happening at the start of a major summit on climate change in Paris. More than 500 activists called on President Obama to end carbon emissions and implement programs now to transition to renewable energy sources. Parisians responded to a government ban on planned climate protests by setting 20,000 pairs of shoes in streets near the Place de la République.

How Walmart Keeps An Eye On Its Massive Workforce

By Susan Berfield for Bloomberg Businessweek - In the autumn of 2012, when Walmart first heard about the possibility of a strike on Black Friday, executives mobilized with the efficiency that had built a retail empire. Walmart has a system for almost everything: When there’s an emergency or a big event, it creates a Delta team. The one formed that September included representatives from global security, labor relations, and media relations. For Walmart, the stakes were enormous. The billions in sales typical of a Walmart Black Friday were threatened. The company’s public image, especially in big cities where its power and size were controversial, could be harmed.

Report From International Week Of Action Against Militarisation Of Youth

By Semih for Countering the Militarisation of Youth - The 2nd International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth was held between 14-20 November with many activists taking actions and organising events across the world. The week followed the first ever week of action took place last year and a day of action held in 2013. Throughout the week this year, antimilitarists from different countries organised street actions and protests; held meetings, talks and workshops; and run social media campaigns all of which challenging the many ways militaries engage with young people via the use of public spaces.

Swedish Fascists Burn Homes, Blame Crisis On Refugees

By Rory Smith for ROAR Magazine - These are just two examples of the several thousand remarks left by Sweden Democrats’ online following the most recent case of arson; an incident that left a home sheltering 14 refugees destroyed. One Internet thread detailed the various recipes and necessary ingredients to make napalm. The formerly obscure and enfeebled Sweden Democrats (SD) – a far right, anti-immigrant, nationalist party whose roots are in neo-Nazism – has been transformed into one of the most potent political forces in Sweden. By transmogrifying immigrants into villains – enemies of both the welfare state and Swedish values – the party has gleaned over 25 percent of the popular vote.

Renewed Pardon Hopes For Jailed Saudi Blogger Badawi

By Staff of MEE - The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi expressed renewed hope on Saturday that her husband might soon be pardoned after a senior Swiss official said such a move was in the pipeline. Ensaf Haidar has been outspoken over the plight of her husband since he was detained in 2012 on cyber-crime charges and later sentenced for insulting Islam and calling for the end of the influence of religion on Saudi public life. Yves Rossier, the secretary of state at the Swiss foreign ministry, said in the newspaper La Liberte on Saturday: "A procedure for a pardon is now under way before the head of state, that is King Salman."
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