As the NY Times reports, based on arms-tracking evidence supplied by Conflict Armament Research, much of the ammunition now being used by ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq originated in three countries: the United States, China and the Soviet Union/Russia, three of the leading nations in the United Nations Security Council. The director of CAR, James Bevan, pointed out the obvious to the NY Times’ reporter– … Read More What Helps Fuel Terrorism and War? Arms Sales
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While no Canadian “tar sands” crude oil is currently being shipped across the Great Lakes, the infrastructure for doing so is being put in place. Now we learn that the first oil tanker full of the toxic, sinkable crude has been loaded onto a huge oil tanker last month at Sorel-Tracy, a Canadian port on the St. Lawrence River just downriver from Montreal. The oil sands bitumen traveled from Alberta by train, … Read More Oil Sands “Bitumen” Shipped On St. Lawrence River to Europe
“But these days, Walker’s presidential dreams are hanging by a thread as he battles for reelection against a political neophyte whose only previous electoral campaign was a self-financed 2012 run for the local school board. Why is he vulnerable? Walker devoted his first term to ramming through a chunk of the modern conservative agenda: He limited collective-bargaining rights, slashed taxes on the wealthy, enacted new voter ID requirements, boosted funding for vouchers at the expense of public schools, curtailed abortion access, and weakened environmental protections. These policies have sharply polarized Wisconsin—splitting families, church groups, golf foursomes—with only a sliver of the electorate not firmly pro- or anti-Walker.” — Andy Kroll, Mother Jones
In a remarkable article, Journal Sentinel reporter Gina Barton reveals the work of a Buddhist minister and the religious social justice group WISDOM to call attention to the fact that Wisconsin’s solitary confinement policy often amounts to torture as defined by the United Nations. Using the odd euphemism “segregation”, an ironic term in light of the high rate of black imprisonment in Wisconsin, the Department of Corrections … Read More Why Do We Condone Prison Torture in Wisconsin and U.S. ?
Though the real news was that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke had just been endorsed by the largest police union in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s online headline said, “Mary Burke stumbles when asked to define plagiarism”. As if the shock of the question caused her to lose her balance, thus betraying her pact with the devil. Or was the headline suggesting that Burke … Read More (Speaking of Witch Hunts . . . ) Candidate Mary Burke Endures the Trial of the Trail