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Tonight’s Progressive Commentary Hour!

An early Earth Day special —  A look at climate change in the context of the loss of our global forests. And what can the wisdom of trees teach us about preserving the future of the human species.   If Jane Goodall is the ambassador for the animal kingdom. If Vandana Shiva is the ambassador for seeds and organic foods. …

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Leid Stories—How Much Longer, the old Democrats-Republicans Equation?—03.13.17

Election 2016 offered proof that millions of voters had had it with a tone-deaf two-party system that seemed woefully out of step with their America. They served notice in many ways—switching parties, not voting, supporting independent candidates and movements instead—and created momentum for new political possibilities and choices.
But as the dust settled after the election, it seems things have returned to their “original” state, with politics largely a matter concerning Democrats and Republicans.

What Women Must Know – Health Hazards from our Wireless World with Deborah Kopald – 02.23.17

Deborah Kopald is an environmental consultant and has developed and overseen the passage of legislative initiatives to protect the public from cell tower radiation and wireless technologies. She advises government officials, schools, doctors and lawyers on telecommunications policies, Wi-Fi technology and the environmental and health risks these technologies pose to citizens. Deborah is a Review Editor at the journal Frontiers in Public Health and holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She is published in Reviews on Environmental Health and the Consumer Law and Policy Blog. In 2013, she organized and moderated “The Conference on Corporate Interference with Science and Health” which covered fracking, GMO’s and wireless health hazards.

www.corporateinterference.org

Area deforested through forest fires in Itaituba, Pará state. In August 2016, Greenpeace flew over the Amazon to search for and register forest fires spots. This year's forest fire season is already being considered one of the worst ever.
Área desmatada por queimadas em Itaituba, Pará. Em agosto de 2016, o Greenpeace sobrevoou a Amazônia para localizar e registrar focos de queimadas e incêndios florestais. A temporada de queimadas deste ano já é considerada como uma das piores da história.

Anna Sophie Gross – Amazon deforestation rises as government moves to weaken Indigenous protections

The Brazilian government is changing the process for approving indigenous lands, with critics warning the country now risks sliding back after years of progress on climate and environment. The move to strip the country’s National Indigenous Foundation (Funai) of its power on Indigenous land matters comes after the country saw a 30% rise in deforestation of tropical rainforests. Brazil’s justice …

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Graham Readfearn – How Donald Trump Kingmaker-Billionaires Robert and Rebekah Mercer Have Poured Millions Into Climate Science Denial

When it comes to climate science denial, some names come easily and deservingly to mind. There’s oil giant ExxonMobil — a company that contributed millions of dollars to organizations that told the public there was no risk from burning fossil fuels. There are the oil billionaire Koch brothers — Charles and David — and their ideological zeal against government regulations that drove them …

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Jeremy Brecher – ‘Social Self-Defense’: Protecting People and Planet Against Trump and Trumpism

Donald Trump and a powerful collection of anti-social forces have taken control of the U.S. government. They seek permanent domination in service of their individual and class wealth and power. Trump’s presidency threatens immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, workers, women, children, the elderly, the disabled, LGBTQ people, and many others. Indeed, it threatens all that holds us together as a society. …

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JON EMONT – The Growing Urban-Rural Divide Around the World

Immediately following the U.S. presidential election on November 8, anti-Donald Trump demonstrations sprang up in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles—cities that vote overwhelmingly Democratic. The protesters felt robbed: Hillary Clinton had won the majority of voters nationwide. But, like Al Gore in 2000, Clinton was hamstrung by the Electoral College, an institution designed to ensure a voice for …

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Lynn Stuart Parramore – Homo Obnoxious: Is Toxic Masculinity Really Taking Over the Country?

It wasn’t supposed to turn out like this. We were said to be approaching the demise of a certain type of swaggering, predatory masculinity: let’s call him Homo Obnoxious. As men like Roger Ailes, Bill Cosby, Anthony Weiner, and Billy Bush scrambled unsuccessfully to find cover in the old-boy bastions of privilege, Homo Obnoxious appeared to be lumbering around like …