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Shari Narine Sweetgrass – Alberta government accused of kidnapping thousands of children

A class action law suit, that claims from 1985 to 2009 the province took thousands of children and then illegally retained them, is a step away from certification. “You can’t take somebody’s child without following the law, whether you’re a neighbour, a stranger or the government,” said lawyer Robert Lee, whose firm began the class action. “The only way (Alberta) …

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Animals Now Listed As “Sentient Beings” Rather Than Property In Quebec

The Canadian province of Quebec used to be regarded as a haven for puppy mills, but that has since changed. In a bill tabled in Quebec in 2015, animals are now considered “sentient beings” rather than property. The legislation states: Animals are not things. They are sentient beings and have biological needs. According to CBC News, Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis was responsible for proposing …

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Valerie Brown – Why Financial Markets Won’t Solve the Climate Crisis

t may not be polite to mention Karl Marx in America, but leading thinkers on the left think that capitalism may be the cause of climate change and that to save the planet the system needs fundamental reform. According to a new book, the profit motive drives capitalism above all other considerations. It forces us to extract everything from the planet that will …

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Richard D. Wolff – Capitalism – Not China – Is to Blame for the Current Global Economic Decline

Capitalism, like a speeding train, barreled into a stone wall in 2008. Shocked and dazed, its leaders have been trying to “recover.” By that, they mean to fix the mangled tracks, reposition the locomotive and cars on those tracks and resume forward motion. No basic economic change, in their view, is needed or even considered. They see no absurdity in …

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America Crosses The Tipping Point: The Middle Class Is Now A Minority

Americans have long lived in a nation made up primarily of middle-class families, neither rich nor poor, but comfortable enough, notes NPR’s Marilyn Geewax, but this year – for the first time in US history, that changed. A new analysis of government data showsthat as of 2015, middle-income households have become the minority, extending a multi-decade decline that confirms the hollowing out of …

House Bulldozed for Wind Farm, Family Says – REBEKAH KEARN

Wind energy companies bulldozed a black family’s house because they were the sole holdouts who refused to sell out to a huge wind farm, the family claims in court. Darlene Dotson and her sons David and Daniel sued EDP Renewables North America, Horizon Wind Energy Co., Rising Tree Wind Farm, CVE Contracting Group, and Renewable Land LLC, on May 7 …