Warnings of ‘Destructive and Irreversible Impacts’ as Greenhouse Gases Hit Highest Levels in 3-5 Million Years

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Common Dreams | November 22, 2018

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Atmospheric concentrations of planet-warming gases have hit record highs, according to a leading U.N. climate agency. (Photo: Tony Webster/Flickr/cc)

As communities most impacted by the climate crisis ramp up demands for urgent global action, atmospheric concentrations of the top three greenhouse gases driving global warming have hit record high levels, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) out Thursday.

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MoveOn Sends Letter to Facebook Leaders in Response to Definers News, Other Concerns

MoveOn.org | November 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, MoveOn executive directors Anna Galland and Ilya Sheyman sent the following letter to Facebook leaders Mark Zuckerberg and Cheryl Sandberg in response to the recent news on Facebook’s hiring of Definers Public Affairs and the company’s Civil Rights Audit and advertising standards.Read More »

Venezuelan Campesinos Mobilize as Rural Violence Continues

by Ricardo Vaz

VENEZUELANALYSIS.COM | November 22, 2018

Over 1000 campesinos demonstrated in the border state of Tachira, demanding more government support for food production. (CRBZ)
Over 1000 campesinos demonstrated in the border state of Tachira, demanding more government support for food production. (CRBZ)

Pays de Gex, France, November 22, 2018 (venezuelanalysis.com) – Over a thousand campesinos staged a rally in the border state of Tachira on Tuesday, November 20, demanding government support for food production.

The mobilization in the state capital of San Cristobal, led by the Revolutionary Bolivar and Zamora Current (CRBZ), included campesino organizations and communes from Tachira State, as well as from neighboring Apure, Barinas and Merida states.

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In France, Corruption Complaint over Rafale Deal Lodged With National Financial Prosecutor’s Office

The Wire | November 23, 2018

New Delhi: A French legal organisation that examines illicit financial flows has filed a corruption complaint over the controversial Rafale deal with France’s national financial prosecutor’s office, according to a report published in Mediapart on Friday.

According to the report, Sherpa, a French law association that describes itself as an organisation aimed at protecting and defending “victims of economic crimes”, lodged a complaint at the end of October with the prosecutor’s office.

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The fire in Paradise, California: From natural disaster to social catastrophe

by David Brown

The basic obstacle to addressing the social causes of catastrophes like that in Northern California is the capitalist system, which subordinates all of economic life to the interests of the corporate and financial elite. There is not a single social problem, including the need for massive investment in social infrastructure, that can be solved without a frontal attack on the wealth of the ruling elite.

The US state of California has been devastated by the most destructive and deadliest wildfires in the state’s history. While wildfires, like hurricanes, are rooted in natural causes, the horrific consequences are the product of corporate malfeasance and government neglect.Read More »

Manto: The Story Writer

by Radhakanta Barik

Frontier | Vol. 51, No.21, Nov 24 – Dec 1, 2018

Saadat Hasan Manto was a Pakistani writer, playwright and author born in Ludhiana. Over a decade people in India have taken a keen interest in the stories of Manto. Dramatists in National School of Drama stage his stories in the form of plays which had a wider appeal. Historians working over the partition have taken his stories to explain the collective memory regarding tragic event in Indian society and history. Literary critics have taken a serious note of his contribution to literary world. In the literary history Manto’s place has been reintroduced. As literature is about social experience rather than a country or a nation for which it is called literature which is meant for the welfare of people. Nandita Das has fulfilled the gap in the film making by reintroduction of Manto into the Bollywood.Read More »

Indian Scientists Unearth First Evidence of Ape Presence South of Himalaya

by Vrushal Pendharkar

The Wire | November 23, 2018

For the first time, Indian palaeontologists have unearthed hominoid ape fossils from localities in Gujarat.

The researchers consider the finding to be important because it is the first proof of the presence of apes outside the Himalayas. “Such localities are globally rare and every new locality brings a lot of excitement,” says Ansuya Bhandari, a palaeontologist at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, Lucknow, who found the fossil and led the study.

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Minimal Media Attention Helped Sink Crucial Climate Initiatives

by Patrice de Bergeracpas

Climate change took a backseat to other issues in this year’s midterm elections, and humanity may end up paying the price. The majority of climate change-related ballot measures failed, many climate deniersin the Republican party won or kept their seats, and even Democratic winners were not pressed on their commitment to climate change legislation during their campaigns. In their minimal and skewed coverage of climate change issues, the media deserve a share of the blame for these losses.Read More »