Thousands turn out for Earth Strike

by Peter Lazenby

Morning Star | September 20, 2019

Protesters at Britain’s Student Climate Network’s Global Climate Strike in Cambridge

THOUSANDS of protesters in Britain are expected to join the “Global Climate Strike” today, demanding the government takes action to halt climate change.

The student-led action, backed in Britain by trade unions, has won support from some employers — supporting workers in downing tools for half an hour to join the protests.Read More »

New UN report launched to help ratchet up action to combat climate crisis

A Journal of People report


A new UN report – The Heat is On – Taking Stock of Global Climate Ambition – said:

“GHG emissions from human activities have risen to new record highs this century. Global GHG emissions totalled 50.8 billion tonnes in 2016, up 48 percent since 1990, according to UNFCCC analysis. Energy supply – everything from coal-fired power plants to oil refineries – is the biggest source of these GHGs, accounting for 34 percent of emissions worldwide in 2016, ahead of industry (22 percent) and transport (14 percent), UNFCCC data show. In recent years, technology prices for so-lar panels and wind energy have tumbled. In many parts of the world, renewables are now the lowest-cost source of new power generation. Yet global energy-related CO2 emissions rose 1.7 percent in 2018, the strongest rise since 2013 amid higher energy demand, according to the IEA. The rise broke with a ‘Paris Pause’ from 2014-16 that had raised hopes that a peak was approaching. And levels of heat-trapping CO2 in the atmosphere rose to 415 parts per million in May 2019, higher than those observed in nature in at least 800,000 years.Read More »

Inside America’s Meddling Machine: NED, the US-Funded Org Interfering in Elections Around the Globe

by Max Blumenthal

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The True Geopolitical Significance of the Hong Kong Protests

by Col. Lawrence Wilkerson and Emanuel Pastreich

The Greanville Post | September 18, 2019








Emanuel Pastreich: Although the recent protests in Hong Kong have been powered by a free floating discontent among youth who feel they have no future. Much of what we see taking place today cannot be explained in terms of the discontent of young people. Could it be that the US is interfering with, or participating in, the present political crisis in Hong Kong?Read More »

Rule, Britannia! Hong Kong protesters sing ex-colonial sovereign’s anthem (VIDEO)

The Greanville Post | September 15, 2019

A protest at the British consulate General in Hong Kong. ©REUTERS / Athit Perawongmetha

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Six U.S. Cities Make the List of Most Surveilled Places in the World

by Ema Coleman

CITYLAB | September 19, 2019

Conversations about privacy concerns in recent years have often focused on the online space, given high profile data breaches and repeated revelations of tech companies’ misuse of personal information. But the private sector isn’t alone in surveilling people, and invasions of privacy aren’t just threats online.

Offline surveillance by the government has grown exponentially in the past few years. One estimate found that the number of security cameras in the U.S. grew from 33 million in 2012 to 62 million in 2016. Now a new report from Comparitech, a technology research firm, takes a count of the number of closed-circuit television cameras owned by both government and private sources in cities around the world and compares that with the city’s population to find the density of cameras.

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U.S.A: What New Research Says About Race and Police Shootings

by Brentin Mock

CITYLAB | August 06, 2019

A photo of a police officer in El Paso, Texas.
An El Paso Police officer stands guard outside a Walmart store in the aftermath of a deadly shooting in El Paso, Texas. Andres Leighton/AP

In the U.S., African Americans are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white people. For black women, the rate is 1.4 times more likely.

That’s according to a new study conducted by Frank Edwards, of Rutgers University’s School of Criminal Justice, Hedwig Lee, of Washington University in St. Louis’s Department of Sociology, and Michael Esposito, of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. The researchers used verified data on police killings from 2013 to 2018 compiled by the website Fatal Encounters, created by Nevada-based journalist D. Brian Burghart. Under their models, they found that roughly 1-in-1,000 black boys and men will be killed by police in their lifetime. For white boys and men, the rate is 39 out of 100,000.

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