Should the Ocean Have Legal Rights? by Tracy Keeling

Aquecimento Global - Global Warming

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by Tracy Keeling
Originally published by The Revelator, Oct. 3, 2022
October 6, 2022

Human activities have put the ocean in serious trouble. A bold, Rights of Nature-based proposal aims to turn the tide.

Lisbon sits at the mouth of the Tagus River where it flows into the Atlantic. This confluence of waters welcomed thousands of people in June, who gathered in the Portuguese capital’s Altice Arena for the second United Nations Ocean Conference.

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Top Gun: Maverick – A Counter-Narrative, by Pat Elder

An F/A-18F Super Hornet flies over USS Gerald R. Ford.

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by Pat Elder
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 13, 2022

I saw “Top Gun: Maverick” yesterday. It was absolutely horrible. The film sets a new standard for state-orchestrated, pro-military, mass indoctrination. Goebbels, chief propagandist for Hitler’s Nazi Party, would be in awe of the shiny death plane and the spotlights and the movie star in his tuxedo.

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Oil Barons, Pentagon Knowingly Wreck The Planet, by Scott Scheffer

Global Climate March DC 2015

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by Scott Scheffer
Struggle ★ La Lucha, May 27, 2022
June 9, 2022

The U.S. government and all the corporations that profit from fossil fuels are cherry picking the actions that they are taking in response to the global climate emergency. Everything that they are pursuing is potentially profitable, and they are paying less attention to reforestation, wind power, solar power or other alternative energy sources.

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Pharmaceutical Waste In Rivers Threatens “A New Pandemic,” by Sarah Bates

Golden hour on the River Clyde

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by Sarah Bates
Socialist Worker UK, Feb. 17, 2022
February 20, 2022

Some of the poorest parts of the world have particularly contaminated rivers

Rivers across the globe are contaminated with such high levels of pharmaceutical waste that they endanger human health and could cause environmental destruction. A new report reveals a fifth of the rivers examined contained drug levels so high they could be contributing to human antibiotic resistance.

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The Empire Files: They Need To Shut Down Red Hill Immediately

Abby Martin: Hawaii Emergency: Navy Poisons Drinking Water

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Empire Files on Jan 14, 2022

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro rakes in defense contractor cash while leaving victims of Navy fuel spill to fend for themselves on Christmas.

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Mike Prysner: Native Hawaiians Fight US Navy for Polluting Island’s Water

Mike Prysner: Native Hawaiians Fight US Navy for Polluting Island’s Water

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with Mike Prysner

Empire Files on Dec 30, 2021

Under the cover of pre-dawn darkness, Native Hawaiians surprised the gates of the US Navy Command with a civil disobedience action over the #RedHill fuel leak. Empire Files producer Mike Prysner was on the ground.

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Abby Martin: Hawaii Emergency: Navy Poisons Drinking Water + Mike Prysner: Navy Abandons Victims of Red Hill Fuel Leak

Abby Martin: Hawaii Emergency: Navy Poisons Drinking Water

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Updated: Dec. 20, 2021

with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Dec 7, 2021

The US Navy has poisoned the largest water supply in Hawaii. Nobody knows how long residents have been drinking toxic water, how big the chemical leak is, or how many it will impact. But instead of urgent action to save lives, the Navy is engaging in a cover up.

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Chris Hedges: In the Struggle: Scholars and the Fight Against Industrial Agribusiness in California

Farm Workers Feed the World

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Nov 18, 2021

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the struggle against industrial agriculture with author Daniel J. O’Connell.

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Impact of PFAS Contamination at the Burlington Air National Guard Base, Part 3, by Pat Elder

Backwash

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by Pat Elder
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 8, 2021

This is the third article in a three-part series on the contamination caused by the use of per-and-poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at the Burlington, Vermont Air National Guard base. This work is made possible through the generous support from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILFP-US Section), the WILPF Burlington Branch, and the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice – a project of the Peoples Action Institute.

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Impact of PFAS Contamination at the Burlington Air National Guard Base, Part 2, by Pat Elder

The Salmon Hole

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The Salmon Hole on the Winooski River is located two miles downstream from the burn pit at the Burlington Air National Guard Base.

by Pat Elder
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 31, 2021

This is the second article in a three-part series on per-and-poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination at the Burlington, Vermont Air National Guard base. This work is being made possible through the generous support from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILFP-US Section), the WILPF Burlington Branch, and the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice – a project of the Peoples Action Institute.

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Impact of PFAS Contamination at the Burlington Air National Guard Base, Part 1, by Pat Elder

by Pat Elder
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 25, 2021

This is the first article in a three-part series on per-and-poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination at the Burlington, Vermont Air National Guard base. This work is being made possible through the generous support from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILFP-US Section), the WILPF Burlington Branch, and the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice – a project of the Peoples Action Institute.

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Chile’s Mapuche Conflict, by Yanis Iqbal

Marcha mapuche

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
August 14, 2020

On 1 August, 2020, a group of civilians, in complicity with the Chilean national police force or the carabineros and right-wing hoodlums, violently attacked Mapuche community members who were on a hunger strike in front of the Municipality of Victoria, in Araucania. The attack was strategic, organized and preplanned with the occupied town halls of Ercilla and Traiguén also being attacked, Mapuche women and children being beaten and vehicles being set on fire.

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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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The Ravages of Lithium Extraction in Chile, by Yanis Iqbal

Llamas, towards Parque Nacional Volcán Isluga, Chile

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
July 15, 2020

In Chile, the Covid-19 pandemic is raging with an unprecedented speed. There are more than 300,000 confirmed cases with one of the highest per capita infection rates of 13,000 cases for every 1 million people. The economy is severely experiencing the repercussions of Coronavirus-caused restrictions and the historically high national unemployment rate of 11.2% is an indicator of such damage. Chileans have took to the street to protest against the malfunctioning right-wing government of the billionaire president Sebastian Pinera and the police force has responded aggressively by shooting dead a young agitator.

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Martin Sheen: What Weapon Currently Kills The Most In Wars Around The World?

The 3% Plan to End Starvation

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“Here’s a proposal that could end starvation around the globe. Never again need a human being lack the food to live. Never again need a single child or adult suffer the horrors of starvation. Hunger as a danger to anyone can be made a thing of the past. All that is required, apart from basic skills in distributing resources, is 3 percent of the military budget of the United States, or 1.5 percent of all the military budgets in the world.” — World BEYOND War

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