First Nations man faces $16K bill for ‘Idle No More’ blockade on CN Railway
by derrick on July 25th, 2013 10:58 pm
, WC Native News
A judge has ordered a native activist to pay more than $16,000 to CN Rail for a 13-day blockade created as part of the Idle No More movement.
Ron Plain, 51, spokesperson for the blockade in Sarnia in December and January, was ordered by Justice Bruce G. Thomas of Ontario Superior Court to pay the money because he defied an injunction to stop blocking the line.
The route serves industries in the local “Chemical Valley” complex of oil refineries and chemical plants.
G20 backs plan to stop global tax avoidance and evasion
Finance ministers from the G20 group of leading nations have formally backed plans to tackle international tax avoidance and evasion.
A statement issued earlier supports the automatic exchange of tax information between countries.
Billion Dollar Baby: U.S. Chamber is First to Hit Lobbying Milestone
by David Steinbach on July 23, 2013
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has made big news with the filing of a simple quarterly report.
When the behemoth business trade group reported its lobbying numbers for the second quarter of 2013 on Monday, it set a new record: The Chamber became the first organization to report uschamber.jpgtotal lobbying expenditures of more than $1 billion, according to OpenSecrets.org. Reporting that it spent $19.11 million from April through June, its grand total now stands at $1,002,845,680 since 1998, when the Center for Responsive Politics began tracking lobbying data.
The U.S. counter terrorism apparatus was used to monitor the Occupy Movement nationwide
by Beau Hodai
, Center for Media and Democracy; DBA Press
On May 20, 2013, DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy
released the results of a year-long investigation: "Dissent or Terror:
How the Nation's Counter Terrorism Apparatus, In Partnership With
Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street.”
The report, a distillation of thousands of pages of records obtained
from counter terrorism/law enforcement agencies, details how
state/regional "fusion center" personnel monitored the Occupy Wall
Street movement over the course of 2011 and 2012.
The report also examines how fusion centers and other counter terrorism entities that
have emerged since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have
worked to benefit numerous corporations engaged in public-private
intelligence sharing partnerships.
While the report examines many instances of fusion center monitoring
of Occupy activists nationwide, the bulk of the report
details how counter terrorism personnel engaged in the Arizona Counter
Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC, commonly known as the "Arizona fusion center") monitored and otherwise surveilled citizens active in
Occupy Phoenix, and how this surveillance benefited a number of
corporations and banks that were subjects of Occupy Phoenix protest
Walmart workers have been standing up and fighting for fair wages and working conditions. In response, Walmart retaliated against and attempted to silence them. On top of that, Walmart launched a $3 million ad campaign to cover up the truth about the "real Walmart." Really, Walmart?
Now Walmart workers are taking their message, and their stories of the real Walmart, directly to Walmart's headquarters for the annual shareholders' meeting on June 7th to show that they won't be silenced. Say you're with them, and we’ll make sure your voice is heard at Walmart Headquarters when we deliver the petitions!
Tahoe Resources Mining executive in Guatemala gives direct orders to kill protestors
Alberto Rotondo, executive of Tahoe Mine, San Rafael in Guatemala, gave direct orders to assassinate members of the community San Rafael Las Flores.
The investigation of the mining conflicts in San Rafael Las Flores, Santa Rosa, took a 180 degrees turn, after the Public Ministry submitted audio from wiretapping as evidence. In the audio it can be clearly heard how Alberto Rotondo, head of the San Rafael Mining Security outfit ordered to assassinate opponents of the mine.
The newspaper Siglo.21 published today a report titled “Rotondo ordered: Kill those sons of B..”, the report documents how the Security Chief gave direct orders to assassinate mining protesters and opponents of the mining project.
Study Links Monsanto’s Roundup to Autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
by Genna Reed
A new review of hundreds of scientific studies surrounding glyphosate—the major component of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide—sheds light on its effects within the human body. The paper describes how all of these effects could work together, and with other variables, trigger health problems in humans, including debilitating diseases like gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
National Parks Should Take the Lead on America's Other Best Idea: Clean Public Water
by Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva
, Corporate Accountability International
Our national parks are governed as public ecological trusts, not theme parks, and that's meant a legacy of conservation that matches any in the world. I think we should keep up the good work. Unfortunately, bottled water interests -- especially Coke -- disagree.
Bottled water creates a great deal of waste, both in the production stream and as physical garbage. It has no place in our national parks. Arizonans know the value of water as well as anyone, and I know you need a good canteen to enjoy the outdoors. Bottled water isn't the answer. This week, in honor of Earth Day, I think it's time to talk about other options.
Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever
by Matt Taibbi
, Rolling Stone
Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world's largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything.
Three Arrested at Peabody Coal Shareholders Meeting
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GILLETTE, WY– Peabody Energy shareholders affiliated with Powder River Basin Resource Council, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), CO-FORCE (Coloradans for Fair Rates and Clean Energy), and Forgotten People from Black Mesa/Big Mountain in Arizona converged in Gillette, Wyoming, on Monday, April 29, 2013, at Peabody’s Annual General Meeting. Peabody has always held its meeting near its headquarters in St. Louis, but moved it this year to avoid public scrutiny. After the meeting, an activist affiliated with MORE was arrested dropping a banner saying, “Peabody Attacks: Pensions, Diné Lands, Climate.” 2 other activists were arrested for holding up banner in the parking lot that said “Peabody Abandons Miners.”