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On Saturday, November 30, 2014, an Egyptian judge dropped all charges against former Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak, with US government military and political support, had presided over nearly three decades of martial law and repression. His overthrow and arrest in 2011 had been considered a major achievements of the "Arab Spring" in Egypt, a mass upsurge that began on January 25, 2011 and led to Mubarak's overthrow on February 11, 2011. Mubarak, along with others also released on Saturday, had subsequently been tried and convicted of a number of corruption and criminal charges.
One activist told a US reporter that Mubarak's release is "closing the fate of the January 25, 2011 'revolution.'" Another man, whose son was one of the hundreds of protesters murdered by Mubarak's police during the uprising, put it this way: "Mubarak's regime is still in place. The January Revolution is over."
In the Wake of the Human Rights Crisis Exposed by Disappearance of the 43 Students in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico, Latino and other Communities Participating in Dec. 3 National Mobilization for Peace in Mexico Will Begin Process of Holding US Elected Officials Accountable on Mexico Aid
All over the US on Wednesday December 3, more than 43 US cities will participate in an unprecedented national mobilization to demand an end to the deadly “Plan Mexico,” a multibillion-dollar program to aid Mexico’s corrupt and notoriously violent security forces, ostensibly in the name of fighting the so-called War on Drugs.
In the wake of the extreme human rights crisis in Mexico that was exposed by the recent disappearance of the 43 students in the state of Guerrero, thousands of people from across the United States will march in front of federal buildings in their respective cities and other locations (at various times: for a full list of participating cities, locations, and times go to www.USTired2.com/cities ) to call on the Obama Administration and Congress to stop US funneling billions of tax dollars of military aid, training and coordination to Mexico’s military and police forces, which are widely known to be perpetrating massive human rights violations, including the September kidnapping of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.
While many adjectives fit the recent colossal dump of over 90 inches of snow in Buffalo, New York, very few mainstream news stations used the term "human-driven climate change." While scientists from around the world and UN organizations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the World Meteorological Organization all agree that human-driven climate change is one of the biggest threats humankind has faced, the majority of broadcast meteorologists seem to be silent on this topic.
Having lived through the 1991 Desert Storm bombing and the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing in Iraq, I tread carefully when speaking about any danger greater than war that children in our world might face. I won’t forget children in Baghdadi hospitals whose bodies I have seen, wounded and maimed, after bombing campaigns ordered by US leaders. I think also of children in Lebanon and Gaza and Afghanistan, children I’ve sat with in cities under heavy bombardments while their frightened parents tried to distract and calm them.
Even so, it seems the greatest danger – the greatest violence – that any of us face is contained in our attacks on our environment. Today’s children and generations to follow them face nightmares of scarcity, disease, mass displacement, social chaos, and war, due to our patterns of consumption and pollution.Ironically, one of the institutions in US society which comprehends the disasters that loom is the US military.
Sunday, November 30, Ferguson, Missouri. The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency on November 17, and this is what's been happening in Ferguson and St. Louis County, Missouri:
You drive past a major traffic and commercial intersection like Chambers and West Florissant and you see the cross-street barricaded by a half-dozen or so police cars with bubble lights flashing, crime scene tape, a military Humvee, armed soldiers, and more police in the Walgreen's mini-mall across the street. You often hear helicopters circling overhead; at night, sometimes you can see their searchlights sweeping nearby. Meanwhile, the airspace has been closed off to all other traffic, reportedly to prevent news helicopters from providing video and pictures of what is going on below.
London – On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in a televised address, President Barack Obama proclaimed, "Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant]." There you have it, the official diagnosis of malignant caliphate with terror cells, announced on behalf of the international community by an unlicensed oncologist-in-chief whose "comprehensive and sustained" targeted therapy should "degrade" the diseased "and ultimately destroy" the disease. In other words, "if [a cancer like ISIL] threatens America, [it] will find no safe haven." What is the procedure, then? In part, it's having a coalition-of-oncologists from near and far on-call to backup the chief's official diagnosis and the consequent treatment: "From governments and peoples across the Middle East there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread."
Because cancer kills, and it kills every day.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been rubber stamping the go ahead to frack-attack all of the US. The people are protesting en mass. The media is...
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Payette, Idaho - Alta Mesa Idaho vice president and general counsel John Peiserich will not face battery charges stemming from a November 17 scuffle with EnviroNews editor-in-chief Emerson Urry.
Urry has recused himself from his editing duties on this article.
Of late there has been news about attacks on academic freedom. Much of this is the result of aggressive efforts of Zionist organizations and individuals to silence those academics they see as enemies of Israel. The latest example of this is the successful pressure brought to bear, apparently by a Zionist donor, on the chancellor of the University of Illinois, to rescind a job offer for Professor Steven Salaita. This was done because this influential donor, noting Salaita's anti-Israel tweets, decided he was anti-Semitic. The Chancellor was apparently convinced that hiring Salaita would cost the university a lot of support - a pretty clear example of donor blackmail.
The Salaita case is not the only recent attempt to intimidate academics critical of Israel. An organization calling itself AMCHA ("your people" in Hebrew) and purporting to work for the "protection of Jewish students" has posted a list of over 200 professors who support the boycott of Israel. They too have been judged anti-Semitic and Jewish students are urged by the organization to avoid their classes.