Archive | September, 2013

Another Fur Farm Hit

6 Sep

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from Bite Back

At least 100 mink were freed from cages at a fur farm in Keota, Iowa early on August 30. According to a police spokesperson (as reported on Animal Liberation Frontline), “It looked like someone had opened the lids on the cages and let them run out.”

Protesters Cut Hole in Fence, Enter US post in Italy

6 Sep

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Cross Posted from Stars and Stripes

Protesters cut into the perimeter fence Wednesday at Caserma Del Din and made it onto the base before being dispersed by Italian military personnel, the U.S. Army confirmed Thursday.

The facility, headquarters for the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) and eventually the home of U.S. Army Africa, opened this summer.

Various groups have opposed the U.S. military’s use of the former Dal Molin air field since plans were announced publicly in 2005. Most of the protesters belong to anti-war movements, with some others concerned about the impact on the local environment.

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CrimeStoppers Reward Offered in 300 Portland Tire Slashings

6 Sep

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By Kimberly A.C. Wilson / The Oregonian

Vandals have punctured tires on more than 300 trucks and vans in Portland since May, and officers need the public’s help to solve the frustrating crimes.

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is offering $1,000 for tips leading to arrests in the cases of vehicle vandalism.

The first reports of vandalism came on May 19, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, a police spokesperson.

A map shows clusters of reported tire puncturings: large and small crossover-style SUVs, as well as trucks and vans, all parked on the street. Some victims have been hit multiple times. The crimes have taken place under cover of darkness and in broad daylight, on every day of the week.

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“Death Sentence” for Raccoons, Other Orphaned Wildlife

5 Sep
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Photo: Washington Post

By Jay Reeves / AP

Wildlife lovers are protesting a new state rule in Alabama they say is a death sentence for helpless baby raccoons, skunks and other wild animals there.The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said Thursday that it will no longer issue permits for the rehabilitation of certain orphaned or injured raccoons, skunks, opossums, foxes, coyotes, feral pigs or bats.

Anyone who finds an orphaned or hurt animal should leave it in the wild, the agency said, and humane organizations should euthanize any of the animals they receive.

“Basically there is no biological reason to rehabilitate these animals,” said biologist Ray Metzler, assistant chief of wildlife for the agency. Continue reading

Greenpeace Protesters ‘Frack’ Lancashire Council Hall

5 Sep

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By  / theguardian.com

Around 10 protesters from Greenpeace have erected a mock drilling rig outside Lancashire council’s county hall in Preston, to protest at plans byenergy company Cuadrilla to resume fracking in the county this autumn.

The action follows a similar stunt by the green group in March, when itset up a rig in the Cheshire constituency of the chancellor, George Osborne, who has been one of the most vocal backers of fracking for shale gas

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Species From Fracking in Michigan

5 Sep

Risky Oil and Gas Production Threatens Rare Butterflies, Bats in Allegan State Game Area

by the Center for Biological Diversity

fracking-in-michiganGRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Center for Biological Diversity launched federal litigation today challenging the Bureau of Land Management for failing to protect endangered species like the Karner blue butterfly and Indiana bat by properly assessing the risks posed to them by fracking on public land being leased for oil and gas production in a game reserve in southwestern Michigan.

On Sept. 12 the federal government plans to auction off more than 27,000 acres of publicly owned mineral rights in the Allegan State Game Reserve but has not analyzed the harm fracking and drilling could do to all the area’s rare and protected species.   Continue reading

Protests Continue in Bucharest Against Goldmine Plan in Rosia Montana

5 Sep

By Grace Wong / The Guardian

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Romanians protest in capital Bucharest against the government’s support for a plan to open Europe’s biggest opencast goldmine in Rosia Montana. Photograph: Cristian Vasile / Save Rosia Montana Campaign

About 1,000 people gathered in Bucharest on Tuesday night for a third day of protests against plans for Europe‘s biggest opencast goldmine.

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Naomi Klein: Green Groups May Be More Damaging Than Climate Change Deniers

5 Sep
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Photo Cred: Ed Kashi

By Jason Mark / Earth Island Journal.

Canadian author Naomi Klein is so well known for her blade-sharp commentary that it’s easy to forget that she is, above all, a first-rate reporter. I got a glimpse into her priorities as I was working on this interview. Klein told me she was worried that some of the things she had said would make it hard for her to land an interview with a president of the one of the Big Green groups (read below and you’ll see why). She was more interested in nabbing the story than being the story; her reporting trumped any opinion-making.

During your career you’ve written about the power of brand names, populist movements around the world, and free market fundamentalism. Why now a book and film on climate change?

You know, The Shock Doctrine, my last book, ends with climate change. It ends with a vision of a dystopic future where you have weak infrastructure colliding with heavy weather, as we saw with Hurricane Katrina. And rather than working to prevent future disasters by having lower emissions, you have all these attempts to take advantage of that crisis. At the time, it seemed to me that climate change was potentially going to be the biggest disaster-capitalism free-for-all that we’ve seen yet. So it was quite a logical progression for me to go from writing about disaster-capitalism in The Shock Doctrine to writing about climate change. As I was writing The Shock Doctrine, I was covering the Iraq War and profiteering from the war, and I started to see these patterns repeat in the aftermath of natural disasters, like the Asian tsunami and then Hurricane Katrina. There are chapters in that book on both of those events. Then I came to the idea that climate change could be a kind of a “people’s shock,” an answer to the shock doctrine – not just another opportunity by the disaster capitalists to feed off of misery, but an opportunity for progressive forces to deepen democracy and really improve livelihoods around the world. Then I came across the idea of “climate debt” when I was doing a piece on reparations for Harper’s magazine. I had a meeting with Bolivia’s climate negotiator in Geneva – her name is Angélica Navarro – and she put the case to me that climate change could be an opportunity for a global Green Marshall Plan with the North paying climate debts in the form of huge green development project.

Obama’s Central Asian Gambit

5 Sep

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The New Great Game Surges Forward

By Sasha / Earth First! News

The NATO draw-down in Afghanistan and pending US strikes against Syria have Russia concerned that its border relations with Central Asia will soon be threatened. With the genuine concern coming from the Left that an attack on Syria would lure Iran into a war, there has been less focus on Iran’s Central Asian neighbors, which are increasingly becoming pawns in a resource scramble between Russia, the US, and China. Enter the New Great Game.

Russia started voicing its concern about US intervention in Syria last year, and recently reinforced its positions in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan with military agreements to the tune of more than a billion dollars. Russia’s 700 soldiers based in Kyrgyzstan and 7,000 soldiers in Tajikistan provide an intimidating presence in the region to say the least. Upon returning from the BRICS summit in Durbin this March, as EU-friendly rebels ousted the BRICS-leaning government of François Bozizé in the Central African Republic, Putin ordered military exercises on the Black Sea involving precisely 7,000 troops (along with 20 jets, and 50 pieces of artillery). The maneuvers put to rest questions of Russian battle readiness and capacity to act in the Mediterranean. The gesture was noteworthy: Syria would not be the next Libya; Central Asia would not be the next Central African Republic.

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Putin oversees snap military excercise

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‘Private militia’ firm ordered to close over Guarani killings

4 Sep

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Cross Posted from Survival International

Brazil’s Public Prosecutors have called for the closure of a notorious security firm accused of carrying out at least eight brutal attacks on Guarani communities, and of killing at least two of their leaders.

Ranchers reportedly paid Gaspem 30,000 reais (US$ 12,700) each time it violently evicted Guarani Indians from their ancestral lands, which are now occupied by ranches and sugarcane plantations.

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