USCCB introduces study guide that examines torture as moral issue

Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The dignity and respect of the human person is the cornerstone of a new study guide on torture as a moral issue published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The guide, titled “Torture: Torture Is a Moral Issue, a Catholic Study Guide,” looks at church teaching as it relates to the use of torture by government authorities around the world and mixes in biblical passages that evoke Jesus’ call to “love your enemies.” The guide was written by David Gibson, retired editor of Catholic News Service‘s Origins documentary service, in cooperation with the Catholic Leadership Council within the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. It was developed for use by discussion groups and classes in Catholic settings as well as individuals, families and others interested in studying the issue. The guide was introduced June 23 in the midst of Torture Awareness Month as designated by religious, human rights and civil liberties organizations. The guide is available for downloading on the Web at:

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,

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


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