Categories Archives: The Problem: Civilization » Repression at Home » Page 14

Canadian government “muzzling” environmental scientists

By Pallab Ghosh / BBC News Speakers at a major science meeting being held in Canada said communication of vital research on health and environment issues is being suppressed. But one Canadian government department approached by the BBC said it held the communication of science as a priority. Prof Thomas Pedersen, a senior scientist at … Continue reading Canadian government “muzzling” environmental scientists

Supreme Court strikes down Montana ban on corporate election spending

By Reuters The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday handed a victory to corporations and a political advocacy group by allowing them to spend freely before Montana’s 2012 elections, a follow-up case to the court’s major campaign finance ruling two years ago. The justices granted a request from the three plaintiffs to put on hold a … Continue reading Supreme Court strikes down Montana ban on corporate election spending

Under Utah bill, videotaping a factory farm equal to assaulting a police officer on second offense

By Will Potter / Green is the New Red Utah is the latest state to consider new laws targeting undercover investigators who expose animal welfare abuses on factory farms. A new bill would make photographing animal abuse on par with assaulting a police officer. Rep. John Mathis calls undercover investigators “animal rights terrorists,” and says … Continue reading Under Utah bill, videotaping a factory farm equal to assaulting a police officer on second offense

Chicago prepares for G8 protests with aerial surveillance, face shields, and sniper rifles

By Yana Kunichoff Each time a new measure that the city of Chicago is preparing for the coming NATO and G8 summits is unveiled, the tension in the city ratchets up a notch. The latest news comes in the form of reports that Chicago has purchased face shields, and may be considering the implementation of … Continue reading Chicago prepares for G8 protests with aerial surveillance, face shields, and sniper rifles

Corporate think tank threatens journalists after leak reveals corrupt advocacy of climate denial

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay The Heartland Institute, a conservative advocacy group, is threatening to sue journalists, bloggers, and activists who reported on internal documents that detail the group’s fundraising efforts and lay out a new program to replace climate change education in schools with curriculum meant to instill doubt on climate science. The threat … Continue reading Corporate think tank threatens journalists after leak reveals corrupt advocacy of climate denial

500 deaths attributed to tasers in the United States since 2001

By Amnesty International The deaths of 500 people following police use of Tasers underscores the need for tighter rules limiting the use of such weapons in law enforcement, Amnesty International said. According to data collected by Amnesty International, at least 500 people in the USA have died since 2001 after being shocked with Tasers either … Continue reading 500 deaths attributed to tasers in the United States since 2001

Canadian mining company using police to attack Zapotec community

By Dawn Paley / Vancouver Media Co-op It’s been almost three years since hundreds of Zapotec community members took direct action to temporarily shut down Vancouver-based Fortuna Silver’s gold and silver mine just south of Oaxaca City, Mexico. The blockade ended with a massive police raid, during which demonstrators were beaten and 23 people were … Continue reading Canadian mining company using police to attack Zapotec community

Colombian police violently removes anti-dam protestors

By Polinizaciones ESMAD (riot police) in Huila, Colombia began the forced removal of the fisher-people, campesinos, miners, day laborers and others who have been blocking the diverting of the Magdalena River for the Quimbo Dam early Tuesday morning. The diverting of the river was being blocked by a peaceful occupation of the area known as Domingo … Continue reading Colombian police violently removes anti-dam protestors

Pennsylvania legislature and fracking industry work together to pass new law

By Maura Stephens Pennsylvania’s state legislature has effectively signed a death warrant for some number of residents, who knows how many. Corbett’s about to make it official. Pennsylvanians: Fight back — or suffer the consequences. The fracking industry has written a bill that gives itself legal permission to poison Pennsylvanians-and keeps doctors who treat them … Continue reading Pennsylvania legislature and fracking industry work together to pass new law

Corporate prison operator looking to purchase state prisons

By Chris Kirkham / Huffington Post As state governments wrestle with massive budget shortfalls, a Wall Street giant is offering a solution: cash in exchange for state property. Prisons, to be exact. Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s largest operator of for-profit prisons, has sent letters recently to 48 states offering to buy up their … Continue reading Corporate prison operator looking to purchase state prisons