U.S. military shows off new electromagnetic crowd dispersal weapon

By Agence France-Presse A sensation of unbearable, sudden heat seems to come out of nowhere — this wave, a strong electromagnetic beam, is the latest non-lethal weapon unveiled by the US military this week. “You’re not gonna see it, you’re not gonna hear it, you’re not gonna smell it: you’re gonna feel it,” explained US … Continue reading U.S. military shows off new electromagnetic crowd dispersal weapon

Bright green colonialism: massive solar project threatens sacred Indian sites and wildlife

By Edward Helmore / The Guardian Of the many projects commissioned by the Obama administration to showcase its commitment to renewable energy, few are as grandly futuristic as the multibillion-dollar solar power projects under construction across broad swaths of desert on the California-Arizona border. But at least two developments, including the $1bn, 250-megawatt Genesis Solar … Continue reading Bright green colonialism: massive solar project threatens sacred Indian sites and wildlife

Gail Dines: A Putrid Misogyny

By Gail Dines / Counterpunch Ever since Rush let out his true feelings about women as “sluts” and “prostitutes” – and  inadvertently revealed his porn use – the media and blogosphere has been alive with discussions about the Republican “war on women”. You have to hand it to these Republican fools, they do seem to … Continue reading Gail Dines: A Putrid Misogyny

Indigenous peoples of Sarawak fighting Malaysian plan to build 12 mega-dams

By Ahni, Intercontinental Cry It’s no mere coincidence that Sarawak is one of the most impoverished states in Malaysia. For more than 30 years the governments of Malaysia and Sarawak have been far too busy ransacking the region’s precious rainforest to secure and strengthen what has been there for thousands of years. That’s because development … Continue reading Indigenous peoples of Sarawak fighting Malaysian plan to build 12 mega-dams

Indigenous in Ecuador march against copper mining in Amazon

By Environment News Service Several hundred members of the largest Ecuadorian indigenous organization today began marching to the capital, Quito, to protest new mining in their territory. They expect to arrive in Quito on March 22. The indigenous march started from Yantzaza in Zamora Chinchipe province southern Ecuador, where a Canadian company has been authorized … Continue reading Indigenous in Ecuador march against copper mining in Amazon

Monsanto’s Roundup responsible for monarch butterfly decline

By Mike Barrett / Natural Society Monsanto’s Roundup, containing the active ingredient glyphosate, has been tied to more health and environmental problems than you could imagine. Similar to how pesticides have been contributing to the bee decline, Monsanto’s Roundup has been tied to the decrease in the population of monarch butterflies by killing the very plants that the … Continue reading Monsanto’s Roundup responsible for monarch butterfly decline

Yanomami under threat from illegal gold mining

By Survival International Yanomami shaman and spokesman Davi Kopenawa warned the UN in Geneva this week of the dangers illegal gold mining is bringing to his people. Davi stated that thousands of illegal miners are currently working in the Yanomami territory, destroying the rainforest, polluting rivers and putting the Indians’ lives at risk. The uncontacted … Continue reading Yanomami under threat from illegal gold mining

SPLC finds 755 percent increase in US hate groups since 2008

By David Edwards / The Raw Story Fears that the nation’s first black president will be re-elected has fueled the dramatic growth of extremists groups in the U.S. over the past year, according to a report from a civil rights organization that tracks these groups. The number of groups in the anti-government “Patriot” movement have … Continue reading SPLC finds 755 percent increase in US hate groups since 2008

USDA whistleblower reports 70% of US ground beef contains “pink slime”

By Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story A former U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist has come forward with a startling tale of how a substance known as “pink slime” has been embedded in about 70 percent of ground beef sold in the U.S. — a topic ABC News investigated for a segment Wednesday night. … Continue reading USDA whistleblower reports 70% of US ground beef contains “pink slime”

In close vote, Senate rejects authorization for Keystone XL pipeline

By Richard Simon and Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times With gas prices becoming a high-octane campaign issue, the Democratic-led Senate beat back a Republican effort to advance the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline project. Thursday’s vote to attach the project to a must-pass transportation bill failed 56 to 42, with 11 Democrats joining Republicans … Continue reading In close vote, Senate rejects authorization for Keystone XL pipeline

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