Ecologist Says Power Plant Will Pollute More Of Mountain Empire

by Debra McCown

ABINGDON, Va. – Pollution from the new coal-fired power plant proposed for Wise County would cause negative health and economic effects across the Mountian Empire region, an ecologist told local activists at a Wednesday meeting.
“The haze that we see today, as I noticed driving up through Mountain City and Damascus and all of that … there’s nothing natural about it,” said Matthew Wasson, program director of Appalachian Voices, who said he was speaking for the five environmental groups leading opposition to the plant. Continue reading Ecologist Says Power Plant Will Pollute More Of Mountain Empire

Climate change protesters hijack coal train

guardian.co.uk,

Martin Wainwright

Drax protestors Protesters on a train carrying coal to the Drax power station in North Yorkshire after they stopped it just south of Drax. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire Link to this video

Climate change campaigners have hijacked a train carrying coal to Britain’s biggest power station, swarming on to the roof of its 20 huge trucks.
The 40 protesters stopped the regular delivery service to Drax in Yorkshire disguised as railway workers in yellow warning jackets and waving red flags, having read up on standard railway safety rules.

The ambush took place at an iron girder bridge over the river Aire between the villages of Gowdall and Hirst Courteney at 8am BST. One group then used the bridge girders and climbing equipment to scale the 12ft high trucks.

They hoisted a huge banner reading “Leave it in the ground” – referring to the coal destined for the power station’s furnaces. The protesters carried food, water and even a portable lavatory with the intention of being able to remain on board for several days.

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Climate change protest: ‘They’ve started shovelling coal onto the tracks’
Martin Wainwright speaks to activists stopping trains to Drax power station Continue reading Climate change protesters hijack coal train

U.S. TRYING TO “LEGALIZE” PERMANENT OCCUPATION OF IRAQ; SHIFTING DISCOURSE ON ISRAEL-PALESTINE

By Phyllis Bennis

Institute for Policy Studies
16 June 2008
The Bush administration is escalating its efforts to make permanent its occupation of Iraq through imposing a “bilateral” agreement on the Iraqi government, but Iraqi opposition is growing. If those efforts fail, the U.S. and Iraq may try to pressure the United Nations to extend its current mandate “legalizing” the U.S. occupation.

While U.S. policy has not yet changed, public and media discourse on Israel and Palestine is in the throes of a major transformation. Continue reading U.S. TRYING TO “LEGALIZE” PERMANENT OCCUPATION OF IRAQ; SHIFTING DISCOURSE ON ISRAEL-PALESTINE

‘Special Weapons’ Have a Fallout on Babies

InterPress Service

by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail

FALLUJAH – Babies born in Fallujah are showing illnesses and deformities on a scale never seen before, doctors and residents say.

The new cases, and the number of deaths among children, have risen after “special weaponry” was used in the two massive bombing campaigns in Fallujah in 2004.

After denying it at first, the Pentagon admitted in November 2005 that white phosphorous, a restricted incendiary weapon, was used a year earlier in Fallujah. Continue reading ‘Special Weapons’ Have a Fallout on Babies

Peace with sexual violence is still war!

Stephen Lewis (2008-06-05)

Pambazuka News

When my co-Director of AIDS-Free World, Paula Donovan, visited in November, and observed that the war being waged against women “may well be the most savage display of misogyny ever orchestrated in a conflict zone”, she was right. Terrible, unspeakable things have been done to the women of DR Congo, writes Stephen Lewis. It isn’t enough to stop the shooting when the raping continues apace. The only worthwhile armistice restores peace for the entire population, male and female. There can be no satisfaction in claiming a truce or a peace treaty which is soaked in the carnage of the women of the land. If all the peacekeepers were women, and the men of a country were under pervasive sexual assault, do you think the women would simply observe the carnage? Continue reading Peace with sexual violence is still war!