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Deirdre Fulton – In Show of Internal Dissent, Federal Workers Rising Up Against Trump

From the 1,000 State Department officials rushing to sign an official dissent cable, to the 180 federal workers signing up for a workshop on civil disobedience, to the dozens of “rogue” agency Twitter accounts that have sprouted up in the last week, internal resistance to the right-wing Trump agenda is rivaling the power of people on the streets—perhaps not in …

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BOB RAE – Orwell’s lessons for the era of Trump: Rae

George Orwell is best known for his novels Animal Farm and 1984. Both were written toward the end of a life cut short by tuberculosis. But they came after a long period of reflection, activism, and engagement, through what one writer has called the “dark valley” of the 1920s and 30s and the death and destruction of the Second World …

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UN condemns Israel’s West Bank settlement plans

The United Nations has condemned Israeli plans to build more settlements in the occupied West Bank. A UN spokesman said “unilateral actions” were an obstacle to peace based on a two-state solution. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would build 2,500 more homes in Jewish settlements “in response to housing needs”. It is the second such announcement by …

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Tim Radford – Climate change caused Middle East dust storm

LONDON, 24 January, 2017 – A storm of dust so fierce that it obscured seven Middle Eastern nations from satellite observation has been blamed on climate change. In August and part of September 2015, a wall of dust driven by a cyclone cloaked parts of Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian territories. Flights were cancelled, there were …

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JOSHUA FRANK – Farewell Obummer, Hello Golden Showers

There’s been a few hot topics this week, from Obama’s final speech as president to the amusing allegations of Donald’s pee fetish. Let’s start with Obama. The era of hope and change most certainly ended with a whimper. Not much has changed and we don’t have much to hope for either. Over the last eight years income disparity increased in the US (despite …

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Daniel Lazare – How Obama Spread the Mideast Fires

With President Obama down to less than two weeks in office, everyone is busy assessing his legacy. So let’s begin with the Arab world. Not since the Vietnam War, we can safely say, has an administration left a region in ruins the way Obama has left the Middle East (although it’s true that George W. Bush contributed mightily to the mess). But …

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Jessica Shankleman and Chris Martin – Solar Could Beat Coal to Become the Cheapest Power on Earth

Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world. In less than a decade, it’s likely to be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere. In 2016, countries from Chile to the United Arab Emirates broke records with deals to generate electricity from sunshine for less than 3 cents a kilowatt-hour, half the average global cost of coal …

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Lorraine Chow – Finland Set to Become First Country in the World to Ban Coal

This is all part of Finland’s ambitious target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050. “Giving up coal is the only way to reach international climate goals,” Rehn added. According to The Independent, the “Energy and Climate Strategy for 2030 and Beyond” is the country’s plan to phase out coal within 14 years. Finland aims …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 11.28.16

On today’s program, Vince speaks to one of the best organizers in Chicago, who also happens to be one of Vince’s best friends – Roberto Jesus, otherwise known as “Joliet Jake,” will be joining us for the hour. The conversation covers the anti-globalization movements of the 1990s, WTO protests, antiwar activism under Bush, Wisconsin, Occupy, Obama, and community organizing. This podcast is an excellent educational tool for organizing, especially for those who are just starting their political journey.