Chris Hedges: Challenging Corporate Power: Chevron VS Donziger

Chevron's Toxic Legacy in Ecuador's Amazon

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 5, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Steven Donziger about the reach of corporate power. Donziger battled corporate oil giant, Chevron, over environmental pollution and destruction in Ecuador and won a settlement of $9.5 billion for indigenous communities. Since then Chevron has waged a campaign against Donziger to try and destroy him economically, professionally and personally. He is on trial in federal court in New York on September 9 for contempt charges, which could send him to jail for six months.

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Environmental Disaster and Health Crisis in Cerrejon, Colombia, by Yanis Iqbal

El Cerrejon (Contreras)

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
July 25, 2020

At Cerrejon (Colombia), the largest open-pit coal mine in Latin America owned equally by BHP (Australia), Anglo American PLC (United Kingdom) and Glencore (Switzerland), the situation of the indigenous people is progressively worsening. Cerrejon Limited has informed the workers that “all the existing shifts will be unified into a single 7-day work, for three days off.” With the enforcement of the new shifts, “workers would go from working 15 to 21 days and the mine would go from 4 to 3 shifts, leaving at least 25% of the current workforce unemployed.” The new shift pattern is likely to aggravate the health of workers as long working hours increase the number of work-related pathologies. Current work shift arrangements have already led to more than “700 pathologies associated with musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular and ear diseases, among others.” As the level of work becomes more stressful, these occupational diseases will start multiplying.

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Michael Parenti: Marxists vs Liberals on Capitalism

Michael Parenti: Marxists vs Liberals on Capitalism

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted Sept. 25, 2018
April 15, 2020

The Peace Report on Sep 17, 2018

A liberal complaint versus a Marxist analysis of capitalism is beautifully and passionately explained by Professor Michael Parenti.

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Historical Developmental Dynamics of Climate Change, Political Economy, and Science and Technology by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. + Costs and Consequences of US Post-9/11 Wars: Focus on Climate Change

Ende Gelände: Day 1 - Climate activists shut down one of Europe's largest opencast lignite mines

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by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on imperialismandthethirdworld, Feb. 1, 2020
February 4, 2020

A recent article on climate emergency (Ripple et. al. 2020), endorsed by more than 11000 scientists from 153 countries, has received widespread publicity in the media. This is the latest among numerous scientifically researched articles on climate change and global warming, which have been published by various organizations on this one of the greatest problems that have developed on this planet, directly as a result of the activities of particular type of humans, the Modern Capitalist-Imperialist Humans (MCIH), which have evolved from the co-evolution of science and technology and capitalist political economy, during the previous few centuries. These complex and multidimensional developments have been progressively accelerating, with the greatest accelerations occurring during the 20th Century and the current 21st Century.

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Michael Parenti: Marxists vs Liberals on Capitalism

Michael Parenti: Marxists vs Liberals on Capitalism

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 25, 2018

The Peace Report on Sep 17, 2018

A liberal complaint versus a Marxist analysis of capitalism is beautifully and passionately explained by Professor Michael Parenti.

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Capitalism on Mars by Lowell Flanders

Capitalism VS the Climate -- Bollards To Everything

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by Lowell Flanders
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 8, 2018

“The idea of a self-adjusting market implies a stark Utopia. Such an institution can not exist for any length of time without annihilating the human and natural substance of society; it will physically destroy man and transform his surroundings into a wilderness.” — Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time.

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The Environmental Christmas Hangover by Graham Peebles

Santa's Last Stand

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
February 11, 2018

Christmas may seem like a distant memory but the environmental effect of the annual consumer frenzy, over-indulgence and extravagance is lasting damage. And year on year the cost to the planet grows.

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Plastic Oceans, Poisoned Air, Criminal Neglect by Graham Peebles

the GREEN

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
January 29, 2018

Pollution has become an everyday affair; a murderous way of life which, according to a report published in The Lancet, is responsible for the deaths of at least nine million people every year. The air we breathe is poisoned, the streams, rivers, lakes and oceans are filthy, — some more, some less — the land littered with waste, the soil toxic. Neglect, complacency and exploitation characterize the attitude of governments, corporations and far too many individuals towards the life of the planet, and its rich interwoven ecological systems.

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Corporations Are A Mixture Of Humanity’s Greatest Nightmares

Toxic Vision

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 24, 2018

In ancient times, the unknown edges of maps held the words, Here be dragons. We’ve journeyed into those unexplored territories, and found not dragons, but monsters of our own creation, behemoths of the corporate state, which, like golems, rise to strength and power, undead and yet, not living.

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William K. Black: Pollution Kills 9 Million People a Year

Pollution Kills 9 Million People a Year

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TheRealNews on Oct 25, 2017

Pollution causes far more deaths than tobacco, infectious disease or war, and causes 4.6 trillion dollars of economic damage per year, according to a major new study published in the British medical journal The Lancet.

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Abby Martin: The Sacrifice Zones of Houston Before and After Hurricane Harvey, Part 2

Abby Martin: The Sacrifice Zones of Houston Before and After Hurricane Harvey

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Oct 18, 2017

In this second installment of special coverage Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, Abby Martin explores how the petrochemical industry dominates the city and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution, earning them the name “sacrifice zones.”

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Big Institutions—Immunities, Impunities and Insanities by Ralph Nader

Solidarity (2 of 25)

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Sept. 26, 2017
September 28, 2017

One of the first times I used the phrase “institutional insanity” was in 1973 to describe the behavior of scientist Dixy Lee Ray, chairperson of the presumed regulatory agency, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). I pointed out that her personal and academic roles were quite normal. But her running of the AEC—pressing for 1,000 nuclear plants in the U.S. by the year 2000 (there are 99 reactors left in operation now), and going easy on a deadly, taxpayer subsidized technology that was privately uninsurable, lacked a place to put its lethal radioactive wastes, a national security risk, replete with vast cost over-runs, immunities and impunities shielding culpable officials and executives, should a meltdown occur and take out a city or region (all to boil water to produce steam to make electricity)—was a case study in “institutional insanity.”

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We Live in a World of Environmental Inequality by Graham Peebles

the GREEN

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
December 11, 2016

S.O.P. Save Our Planet–Worldwide Air Pollution is making us Ill

The man-made environmental catastrophe is the severest issue facing humanity. It should be the number one priority for governments, but despite repeated calls from scientists, environmental groups and concerned citizens for years, short-term policies and economic self-interest are consistently given priority over the integrity of the planet and the health of the population.

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Filthy Mayhem in India–Cars, Lorries and Weddings by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 13, 2014

India

Along with the choking fumes and piles of putrid waste, sound systems and a constant bombardment of honking horns from cars, lorries and screaming buses assault residents and the unprepared in towns and cities throughout India. Loudspeakers are used to spread political propaganda; celebrate and circulate expensive arranged and prolonged weddings; and, mounted outside temples and mosques, loudly proclaim the jargon of the just and the righteous path to salvation. Continue reading