A Journal of People report
Plastic weighing the equivalent of one billion elephants has been created since the 1950s and most of it has ended up in landfill, an alarming new study has shown. The research report – Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made – was published in the journal Science Advances (July 19, 2017, Vol. 3, no. 7, e1700782
Recent figures from Recycle Now show that Britain bins around 16 million plastic bottles a day and if a year’s worth of the UK’s unrecycled plastic bottles were placed end to end, they’d reach around the world 31 times, covering just over 780,000 miles.Read More »
Venezuela’s reactionary opposition had put all their weight behind a “consultation” which was supposed to show that an overwhelming majority of Venezuelans not only reject Maduro’s proposed Constituent Assembly, but also want the Army to intervene and the formation of a “national unity government”. Their mobilisation on the day was sizeable, but fell far short of their own expectations. The real news was the massive turnout, on the same day, for the official dry run of the Constituent Assembly elections, which was a show of strength for Chavismo.
Let’s start with the opposition’s “consultation” which had been previously described as a referendum and a plebiscite and which, despite being called by the opposition-dominated National Assembly, had no legal status and no real guarantees. Much has been made by the international media of the fact that this consultation was organised “against the wishes of the regime”, but in reality, the government made no attempt to stop the consultation from taking place and it also had the logistical support of the opposition mayors and regional governors, as well as the National Assembly and the backing of the capitalist class.Read More »
Granma | July 20, 2017
Photo: Cortesía del autor
Managua, Nicaragua.– The entire city is celebrating. People from all over the country arrive with red and black flags, filling Plaza de la Fe.
Many Nicaraguans decided to stay through the early morning of this July 19, to welcome in the 38th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution, which defeated one of the bloodiest dictatorships on the continent.
Festivities invade homes in the neighborhoods surrounding the square. It was the poorest people and workers who were the first to start building on the rubble of the 1972 earthquake. Music fills the air, telling stories of guerilla fighters, war-torn love, and Revolution.Read More »
Granma | July 19, 2017\
The 23rd Sao Paulo Forum concluded in Managua during which it was announced that Cuba will host the next edition of the event. Photo: Sergio Alejandro Gómez
MANAGUA, Nicaragua.— With the approval of the Our America Consensus, the first programmatic document stemming from the Sao Paulo Forum, leftist and progressive parties from Latin America and the Caribbean have a new instrument with which to resist the right-wing onslaught and continue implementing political and social changes in the region.
The Consensus aims to facilitate, from a conceptual and practical point of view, efforts to consolidate a political agenda benefitting the masses.
The document features the principles and objectives of progressive forces, as well as an analysis of the reality which such movements are attempting to transform, those involved, and the initiatives for which they are struggling.Read More »
New York Magazine
Peering beyond scientific reticence.
It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. And yet the swelling seas — and the cities they will drown — have so dominated the picture of global warming, and so overwhelmed our capacity for climate panic, that they have occluded our perception of other threats, many much closer at hand. Rising oceans are bad, in fact very bad; but fleeing the coastline will not be enough.
Indeed, absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.
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