Naomi Klein on the ‘new climate ball-game’

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AlJazeeraEnglish
December 09, 2009

At the climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, environmental groups have said that while everybody agrees that there is a climate crisis, no action has been taken in accordance with the consensus.

Naomi Klein, author and journalist, tells Al Jazeera why climate change has emerged as the single greatest barrier to human development, and why there is a critical need for a mass movement to tackle it.

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Naomi Klein on the Danish Text + The Price of Climategate Emails

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Democracy Now!
Dec. 9, 2009

“This Text Is an Extremely Dangerous Document for Developing Countries”: G77 Chief Condemns Secret US-Danish Climate Deal

The UN climate talks are in disarray here in Copenhagen after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN’s role in all future climate change negotiations. Moments before we went on the air, Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, the Sudanese chair of the group of 132 developing countries known as G77, condemned the leaked document. [includes rush transcript]

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Naomi Klein on Climate Debt

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Democracy Now!
Nov. 23, 2009

Naomi Klein on Climate Debt: Why Rich Countries Should Pay Reparations To Poor Countries For The Climate Crisis.

With the Copenhagen climate summit two weeks away, best-selling journalist Naomi Klein examines the grass-roots movement behind the climate debate proposal that argues all the costs associated with adapting to a more hostile ecology—everything from building stronger sea walls to switching to cleaner, more expensive technologies—are the responsibility of the countries that created the crisis. Klein also discusses the 10th anniversary of the Seattle WTO protests and the 10th anniversary of her first book, “No Logo.” [includes rush transcript]

Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the bestseller, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.” It’s also the 10th anniversary of the publication of her first book “No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies.”

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Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize + OK, He’s A Nice Guy, But … by Andy Worthington

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Updated: added Andy Worthington’s commentary and Obama’s reaction and Naomi Klein on Democracy Now!

US President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

BBC
Friday, 9 October 2009

The Nobel Committee said he was awarded it for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”.

The committee highlighted Mr Obama’s efforts to strengthen international bodies and promote nuclear disarmament.

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Naomi Klein in Bil’in + Klein and the Boycott Movement

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Updated: July 19, 2009

Crossposted with permission from Jewish Peace News

Naomi Klein in Bil’in – 26-6-09

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Prior to the demonstration a press conference took place, where a representative of the village’s popular committee, a member of the Palestinian Boycott National Committee and world renowned Canadian journalist and author Naomi Klein spoke of the local struggle, of the village’s new court case in Canada against Canadian companies building the new neighborhoods on Bil’in land, on the boycott, and of the inability to detach art and politics.

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Naomi Klein: US banks bailout is pure robbery

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Obama’s Wall Street bailout the greatest heist in monetary history, believes Naomi Klein an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and international bestselling author.

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Fire the Boss: Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis + Despair in Detroit (Nader; Paul)

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Democracy Now!
May 15, 2009

Fire the Boss: Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis on “The Worker Control Solution from Buenos Aires to Chicago”

Shock Doctrine author Naomi Klein and Al Jazeera host Avi Lewis discuss the workers who are taking over their factories and plants rather than lose their jobs, some to owners who owe money to bailed-out banks. They also address the latest news in the nation’s global economic collapse amidst the White House and Democratic-led Congress’s rejection of single-payer healthcare. [includes rush transcript]

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Naomi Klein on the Bank Bailouts + Kaptur: When Will The Wall Street Wrongdoers Be Brought To Justice?

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A Lexicon of Disappointment By Naomi Klein

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By Naomi Klein
This article appeared in the May 4, 2009 edition of The Nation.
April 15, 2009

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All is not well in Obamafanland. It’s not clear exactly what accounts for the change of mood. Maybe it was the rancid smell emanating from Treasury’s latest bank bailout. Or the news that the president’s chief economic adviser, Larry Summers, earned millions from the very Wall Street banks and hedge funds he is protecting from reregulation now. Or perhaps it began earlier, with Obama’s silence during Israel’s Gaza attack.

Whatever the last straw, a growing number of Obama enthusiasts are starting to entertain the possibility that their man is not, in fact, going to save the world if we all just hope really hard.

This is a good thing. If the superfan culture that brought Obama to power is going to transform itself into an independent political movement, one fierce enough to produce programs capable of meeting the current crises, we are all going to have to stop hoping and start demanding.

The first stage, however, is to understand fully the awkward in-between space in which many US progressive movements find themselves. To do that, we need a new language, one specific to the Obama moment. Here is a start.

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via A Lexicon of Disappointment

h/t: Speaking Truth to Power

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The Stimulator: Spring of Rage + The Take (2004) (Naomi Klein)

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Which Strategy to Heal the Middle East? by Naomi Klein & Arthur Waskow

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Reposted with permission from Rabbi Arthur Waskow from the Shalom Center

by Rabbi Arthur Waskow
www.shalomctr.org
Mar. 23, 2009

[During February 2009, a national progressive newspaper called In These Times invited me, Arthur, to take part in a conversation with Naomi Klein, a well-known progressive political analyst and writer, with the intention of transcribing it and publishing an edited version approved by both of us.

The occasion was that Klein, in the wake of the Israeli invasion of Gaza, had for the first time joined the campaign for a “BDS strategy” (“Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions”) directed at Israel. I assume ITT asked me because they knew I supported a very different strategy for bringing peace to the Middle East. (Both of us agreed that the crucial change must be a vigorous, committed, and active US insistence on full regional peace among Israel, Palestine, all Arab states, Iran, and the US itself.]

I agreed to join in the dialogue, and this edited version of our conversation has now been published by ITT.

I want to note that only in the last few days (March 20-22, 2009), weeks after our conversation, have there been published graphic descriptions by Israeli soldiers of what they themselves have called criminal acts, including murder, by Israeli soldiers in Gaza. These descriptions were published in two major Israeli newspapers after being leaked to them by an Army officer who was horrified by the descriptions. They have also been widely reported in the West, and they put to shame assertions that such claims by Palestinians and outside observers were lies.

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All of Them Must Go By Naomi Klein + Protests in Iceland and Latvia

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By Naomi Klein
ICH
The Nation
February 10, 2009

Watching the crowds in Iceland banging pots and pans until their government fell reminded me of a chant popular in anti-capitalist circles in 2002: “You are Enron. We are Argentina.” Continue reading

Naomi Klein on the Bailout Profiteers and the Multi-Trillion-Dollar Crime Scene

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Democracy Now!
Nov. 17, 2008

Naomi Klein on the Bailout Profiteers and the Multi-Trillion-Dollar Crime Scene

“The more details emerge, the clearer it becomes that Washington’s handling of the Wall Street bailout is not merely incompetent. It is borderline criminal,” says Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine. [includes rush transcript]

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Bush will NEVER be able to set foot outside the U.S.! Jeremy Scahill & Naomi Klein

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Book Discussion on The Shock Doctrine and Blackwater

92 min – Nov 15, 2008
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Naomi Klein talked about her book and the current economic crisis and bail out. Jeremy Scahill then talked about his book and the situation in Iraq. They then responded to questions from members of the audience.

Naomi Klein is the author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, published by Metropolitan Books. In her book she argues that in the wake of natural and man-made devastation economic reform is introduced to benefit investors and free market advocates while taking advantage of moments of collective disorientation.

Jeremy Scahill is the author of Blackwater: The Rise of The World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, published by Nation Books. Since he wrote this book, the Iraqi government has banned Blackwater from operating in Iraq.

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Wall Street’s Bailout is a Trillion-Dollar Crime Scene — Why Aren’t the Dems Doing Something About It? By Naomi Klein

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by Naomi Klein
Speaking Truth to Power
ALTERNET
Friday, 14 November 2008

The more details emerge, the clearer it becomes that Washington’s handling of the Wall Street bailout is not merely incompetent. It is borderline criminal.

In a moment of high panic in late September, the U.S. Treasury unilaterally pushed through a radical change in how bank mergers are taxed — a change long sought by the industry. Despite the fact that this move will deprive the government of as much as $140 billion in tax revenue, lawmakers found out only after the fact. According to the Washington Post, more than a dozen tax attorneys agree that “Treasury had no authority to issue the [tax change] notice.”

Of equally dubious legality are the equity deals Treasury has negotiated with many of the country’s banks. According to Congressman Barney Frank, one of the architects of the legislation that enables the deals, “Any use of these funds for any purpose other than lending — for bonuses, for severance pay, for dividends, for acquisitions of other institutions, etc. — is a violation of the act.” Yet this is exactly how the funds are being used.

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