Monthly Archives: January 2013

Graphic details. Massive waste of natural gas

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Daily Mail, UK – THIS incredible picture from space shows how the U.S. oil industry has boomed to such an extent that a gas field now burns as brightly as a major city.

The rapid increase in shale oil production means it is now often more profitable to “flare off” unwanted gas than to sell it.

As a result, one field in North Dakota, the state leading the energy revolution, is now burning off enough gas to power all the homes in Chicago and Washington D.C. combined.

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Hyping for Hillary

By SAM SMITH

HAVING BEEN RAISED on the now disappearing notion that journalism was meant to spread facts rather than political propaganda, I am a bit confused over the recent coverage of Hillary Clinton, from which I gather she has been a fantastic Secretary of State and is about to be our inevitable next president.

To be sure, she and her husband are no longer running a real estate scam called Whitewater where, thanks to the sleazy financing, about half the purchasers, many of them seniors, lost their property. And her appearance before a congressional committee on Benghazi was far more impressive than the time she appeared on more personal matters and swore she couldn’t remember, didn’t know or similar things 250 times. Continue reading

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Canada Post: Reckless path to privatization

Veteran postal worker LOUIS LANG, former president of the Ottawa Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, exposes how Canada Post is continuing to squander postal assets.

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Global Day of Action: January 28 actions to affirm First Nations’ rights

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Graphic details. How Visualizing Palestine designed a fight for justice

Visualizing Palestine infographic compares Palestinian versus Israeli conflict-related deaths (view full size) Continue reading

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US does not acquiesce to State of Palestine, Rice says

PRESS TV (Jan. 24, 2013) – THE United States has objected to the presence of a senior Palestinian official sitting behind a nameplate that read ‘State of Palestine’ at the United Nations Security Council.

Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, expressed Washington’s disapproval of the latest move by Palestinians to capitalize on their upgraded UN status as Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki spoke at the Security Council on Wednesday.

It was the first Palestinian address to the Council since the UN General Assembly voted to upgrade the status of Palestine to non-member observer state on November 29, 2012. Continue reading

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Stolen books, stolen identity: What did Israel do with Palestinians’ literary heritage?

NORA LESTER MURAD* recently went to see Benny Brunner’s film, The Great Book Robbery, the story of 70,000 looted books.

AP 1 corrTHE CAMERA follows two Palestinians with Israeli citizenship from the counter at Israel’s National Library to a table. They carry a small stack books from a collection labeled “AP” for “Absentee Property.”  They sit in front of them awestruck. They touch covers showing respect for the books, their rightful owners, and the Nakba that caused Palestinians to lose their country and heritage. Continue reading

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