1,000 protesters clashed with police at the Israel-Palestine “security fence,” with protesters insisting that this was “the fence’s last day.” click here for more. This comes three days after the sentencing of Anarchists Against the Wall cofounder, Yonatan Pollak, to three months in jail for participating in a 2008 Critical Mass bikeride in Tel Aviv.Click here for more.
In other news, major disruptions occurred throughout Bolivia as President Evo Morales lifted gas subsides, sending fuel prices soaring over 80%. Morales claims that lifting the subsides means shedding previous neo-liberal economic programs. While making fuel less available may also lead to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, trade unions and neighborhood associations have lead strikes and blockades against the government in protest against Morales’s decision. Click here for more.
Animal liberation defendant Scott DeMuth’s pre-sentencing hearing, which had been scheduled for December 29 after getting postponed once already, got canceled today because of bureaucratic issues in the court system. His actual sentencing is now scheduled for January 14th in Iowa. Click here for more.
“Greenpeace welcomes the Fisheries Agency of Japan’s decision to discipline its officials who had been receiving free whale meat from the whaling operating company. However, FAJ only punished 5 officials while the corruption in the whaling program is much bigger and institutionalized. Greenpeace demands a third-party investigation on the whale meat scandal to reveal the true face of the whaling program.” For more, click here.
Authorities announced arrests in an assault on Konstantin Fetisov, who campaigned against construction of a highway through Khimki, a Moscow suburb. Click here for more.
In other news, several utilities companies in Florida are suing the EPA for increasing water standards. The EPA’s move could affect nearly all of the state’s wastewater treatment plants, many of which complain they won’t meet the federal standards once the rules are enforced in 14 months. Click here for more.
On the other side of the continent, a hearing has been scheduled to protect the Big Sur River. “The Big Sur River is designated as Critical Habitat for steelhead under the federal Endangered Species Act,” said Bill Jennings, chairman/executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance. “The hearing will provide a critical opportunity to restore flow, water quality and habitat for these endangered species.” Click here for more.
According to Censored News, Wikileaks has revealed US spying on Mapuche activists and other indigenous peoples in South America. “The most disturbing aspect of the US State Department cables on Indigenous Peoples is the haughtiness and white privilege that bleeds through the print.” Click here for more.
In other news, Obama refuses to list polar bears as endangered. Environmentalists from the Center for Biological Diversity insist that this rejection is purely political, because the protection of polar bears’ habitat would mean taking further steps to halt climate change. Click here for more info.
“We are deeply shocked by the judgment of a Chhattisgarh court holding the human rights activist Dr. Binayak Sen to be guilty of sedition, and sentencing him to life imprisonment.
Dr. Binayak Sen never resorted to violence against any other person, never incited anyone else to resort to violence, never entered into any conspiracy against the Constitutional order of the country, and never entered into regular service of any organisation that was involved in any such conspiracy, for furthering its cause. On the contrary, as a doctor he served the people with devotion and helped to save many lives; as a human rights activist he stood up in defence of the rights of the downtrodden. And yet he has been handed down this sentence whose savagery is unbelievable.”
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Around 50 Armenian and international organizations protest against the opening and exploitation of the dolphinarium.Click here for more info.
In other news, Italy announced yesterday plans to build a particle accelerator with parts from an old US made atom smasher. Sounds dangerous? Click here for more…