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From the beginning, this culture—civilization—has been
a culture of occupation.

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

Fracking industry has spent $726 million on lobbying since 2001

By Environment News Service A natural gas drilling rush is on in rural North Dakota. And with it, residents are reporting growing numbers of respiratory ailments, skin lesions, blood oozing from eyes, and the deaths of livestock and pets. Elsewhere, residents of Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wyoming and other states who thought they’d hit the lottery … Continue reading Fracking industry has spent $726 million on lobbying since 2001

Abusers, Colorado SB 12-088, and the Imperative of Production

ALL HANDS ON DECK! A new law proposed by conservative State senators in the Colorado State Congress seeks to preempt local regulation of oil & gas drilling and prevent local cities and communities from having ANY control over oil and gas activities within their boundaries. The bill–SB 12-088–comes on the heels of drilling moratorium in … Continue reading Abusers, Colorado SB 12-088, and the Imperative of Production

Residents say new Canadian mine in Guatemala will benefit mayor, devastate community

By Danilo Valladares, Inter-Press Service “No one will pay for the damages when work at the mine has finished,” says María del Rosario Velásquez, who lives in a town near the Oasis mine 100 km southeast of the Guatemalan capital. The Canada-based Tahoe Resources company plans to extract gold, silver, zinc and lead from the … Continue reading Residents say new Canadian mine in Guatemala will benefit mayor, devastate community

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

Canadian government organizing against radical environmentalists

By Shawn McCarthy After vowing to take on radical environmentalists determined to stop the Northern Gateway pipeline, the Harper government has released a new anti-terrorism strategy that targets eco-extremists as threats. With his announcement this week, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has increased the concern among environmentalists that Ottawa regards them as implacable adversaries to … Continue reading Canadian government organizing against radical environmentalists