DR Congo police on trial for killing Floribert Chebeya

BBC

The trial has started of eight officers charged with the murder of prominent human rights activist in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  They are accused of killing Floribert Chebeya, head of the charity Voice of the Voiceless, in June. His body was found bound and gagged in the back of his car after being called to a meeting with police chief John Numbi, which did not take place. Continue reading DR Congo police on trial for killing Floribert Chebeya

The Story of Electronics

The story of  Electronics

This morning, we released our newest Story of Stuff Project movie The Story of Electronics – a look at the ‘design for the dump’ mentality so prevalent in the electronics industry. This movie couldn’t come at a better time:  this November, Americans are expected to spend over $8.5 billion on consumer electronics, motivated by enticements to buy gizmos we don’t really need or to replace gadgets that are still working with slightly newer versions. Continue reading The Story of Electronics

The End of an Era: ACORN Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Common Dreams

by Bertha Lewis

For over 40 years ACORN has fought the good fight. From a few initial neighborhoods in Little Rock, Arkansas, we grew to become a large, active, national organization of low- and moderate-income families, mostly people of color, working together to make their communities a better place. In working together, we helped families see that they can make a difference. Continue reading The End of an Era: ACORN Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Election Day Loss: ACORN Declares Bankruptcy

The Nation

Greg Kaufmann

On this Election Day, when Democrats stand to suffer at the polls, and fewer voters have registered than in previous midterm elections, it seems sadly ironic that ACORN has declared bankruptcy.  This is the final chapter in the long and winding rightwing witch hunt against an organization that stood for poor and working people on issue after issue. As Bill Moyers described the community-based group: “More than any group I’ve covered over my long career in journalism, ACORN was devoted to helping poor people become their own best champions.” Continue reading Election Day Loss: ACORN Declares Bankruptcy

Earth will take 100,000 years to recover from global warming say geologists

The Telegraph

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent

A conference organised by the Geological Society in London this week will bring together scientists from around the world to look at how the world coped with climate change in the past.  By studying rock sediments from millions of years ago geologists have been able to model how increases in greenhouse gases led to temperature change and extinction of species.  Continue reading Earth will take 100,000 years to recover from global warming say geologists