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Oil Change International Response to House Vote On Crude Export Ban

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:53
Oil Change International

In response to the passage of by the U.S. House of Representatives of H.R. 702, a bill to lift the ban on U.S. crude oil exports, David Turnbull, Campaigns Director at Oil Change International, released the following statement:

Climate Activists Protest Morgan Stanley in 9 Major US Cities & Turkey

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:19
Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

Today, Rainforest Action Network led rallies outside of Morgan Stanley bank branches in 9 US cities and Istanbul as the next major step for their global campaign to pressure Morgan Stanley to stop coal financing. Hundreds gathered outside of the New York City headquarters, as well as Houston, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, where Rainforest Action Network is based.

Criticism of CNN’s Democratic Debate Panel

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:14
Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA)

The online activist group launched a petition this morning, asking CNN to include a progressive journalist on its panel of questioners at Tuesday’s Democratic debate. CNN included conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt as one of three panelists who questioned Republican presidential candidates in last month’s debate at the Reagan Library.

Public May Be Charged for Freedom of Information Requests, Says Government Commission

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 10:37

The UK Government’s Commission on Freedom of Information (FOI) is considering introducing charges for anyone making FOI requests, according to an anonymous briefing provided to journalists.

“Sources” at the Commission, who refused to provide on-the-record comments, said that it would “consider introducing charges for applications for information for the first time,” according to a report in the Guardian.

WikiLeaks Publication of Complete, Final TPP Intellectual Property Text Confirms Pact Would Raise Costs, Put Medicines Out of Reach

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 08:24
Public Citizen

WikiLeaks’ publication today of the final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Intellectual Property chapter text verifies that the pact would harm public health by blocking patient access to lifesaving medicines, Public Citizen said today. The latest leak of a secret TPP text reveals how the TPP would roll back the “May 10 Agreement” reforms brokered in 2007 between Democratic congressional leaders and the George W. Bush administration.

TPP Treaty: Intellectual Property Rights Chapter - 5 October 2015

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 08:16

Today, 9 October, 2015 WikiLeaks releases the final negotiated text for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP encompasses 12 nations representing more than 40 per cent of global GDP. Despite a final agreement, the text is still being withheld from the public, notably until after the Canadian election on October 19.

The document is dated four days ago, October 5th, or last Monday, the same day it was announced in Atlanta, Georgia that the 12 member states to the treaty had reached an accord after five and a half years of negotiations.

BREAKING: Wikileaks Releases Final Negotiated Text of TPP Intellectual Property Chapter Exposing Grave Threat to Internet Freedom, Free Speech, Access to Medicine

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 08:15
Fight for the Future

This morning, Wikileaks released the final negotiated text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “Intellectual Property” chapter, confirming advocates warnings that the deal contains extreme copyright provisions and monopoly protections for large pharmaceutical companies that threaten online freedom of speech and affordable access to medicine.

National Day of Action Demanding Morgan Stanley Drop Coal Financing

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 12:48
Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

Last week, Rainforest Action Network launched a global campaign to pressure Morgan Stanley to stop cashing in on coal. This Friday, activists will rally outside of Morgan Stanley branches in 9 major cities asking the bank to stop investing in the coal industry. Earlier this week Citigroup announced cuts in coal financing after major pressure from RAN for months.

Who: Rainforest Action Network, climate movement activists, grassroots community members

What: National Day of Action Against Morgan Stanley

When: Friday, October 9, 2015

Bangladesh, South Sudan join CPJ's Global Impunity Index

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 09:15
Committee to Protect Journalists

The ambush of a convoy in South Sudan and the hacking deaths of bloggers in Bangladesh propelled the two nations onto the Committee to Protect Journalists' Global Impunity Index of countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go unpunished.

Groups Demand Answers from State Department on Human Trafficking Report

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 07:55
Friends of the Earth

With the support of human rights, labor, faith, trade and democracy reform organizations, Friends of the Earth filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding the expedited release of all communications by the State Department over the last two years concerning Malaysia’s tier ranking in the recently released 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report.

Forty-Two Organizations Call On Congress To Protect The Crude Oil Export Ban

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 07:46
Sierra Club

Today, forty-two organizations submitted a letter to Congress urging them to keep the 40-year old crude oil export ban in place. The letter was sent just ahead of the U.S. House of Representatives vote to repeal the ban, and just after an underwhelming vote in the Senate Banking Committee to move their version of the bill along.

Welcome For Moratorium On Underground Coal Gasification

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 07:06
Friends of the Earth Scotland

Responding to the announcement of a Scottish Government moratorium on Underground Coal Gasification, Mary Church, Head of Campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:

“Well done to Fergus Ewing for announcing this important new moratorium. Underground coal gasification is a risky and experimental technique, with a very chequered history around the world. This industry clearly deserves the same public scrutiny as shale gas fracking and coal bed methane.”

State Lawmakers Ask Congress to Oppose H.R. 1599, a Bill to Preempt State GMO Labeling Laws

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 06:50
Organic Consumers Association

AUGUSTA, Maine—A bipartisan group of 95 state lawmakers (representing 21 states) who have either sponsored state GMO labeling bills, or supported state GMO labeling ballot initiatives or bans on GMO crops, have signed on to a joint letter asking Congress to oppose H.R. 1599, or any other federal law that would preempt states’ rights to enact GMO labeling laws.

EU Fracking Guidelines Fail to Protect Citizens

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 05:33
Friends of the Earth International

EU guidelines on how member states carry out shale gas exploration and production are failing to protect the environment and the health of citizens, a new report has found. 

State Lawmakers Ask Congress to Oppose H.R. 1599, a Bill to Preempt State GMO Labeling Laws

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 05:30
Organic Consumers Association

A bipartisan group of 95 state lawmakers (representing 21 states) who have either sponsored state GMO labeling bills, or supported state GMO labeling ballot initiatives or bans on GMO crops, have signed on to a joint letter asking Congress to oppose H.R. 1599, or any other federal law that would preempt states’ rights to enact GMO labeling laws.

Climate/Energy: Time for People to 'Reclaim Power'

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 05:23
Friends of the Earth

Ahead of the final round of United Nations climate negotiations in Bonn [1] before the Paris climate summit later this year, a global alliance is highlighting the need to transform our energy system and our economic system, and to stop climate change, with the October 9-10 days to 'Reclaim Power'. [2]

Veterans Organization Denounces U.S. Bombing of Afghan Hospital

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 13:52
Veterans for Peace

Veterans For Peace condemns the U.S. bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The sustained attack by one or more U.S. fighter jets left 22 people dead, including staff members, patients and children, and caused great destruction to the hospital.

A U.S. military spokesperson in Afghanistan has referred to the attack as “collateral damage,” but eyewitness accounts and Afghan military sources indicate the hospital was attacked deliberately, on the pretext that members of the Taliban were treated there.

ACLU Calls on Florida House Subcommittee to Reject Unnecessary Bill 'Protecting' Clergy from Gay Couples

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:17

Today, the Florida House Subcommittee on Civil Justice is hearing HB 43, known as the Pastor Protection Act. In a letter urging the members of the committee to vote against the bill, ACLU of Florida Director of Public Policy described the bill as “unnecessary,” and warned that it “diverts scarce legislative resources away from the conversation we should be having about protecting LGBT people from discrimination.”

From the letter:

Guantánamo Reinstates Genital Searching Policy to Prevent Lawyer-Client Meetings

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:10

This week, two clients of international human rights NGO Reprieve chose not to meet their attorneys at Guantánamo due to reinstated genital searches, raising fears that the searches are being used in a deliberate attempt to stop detainees from meeting with their lawyers. 

IMF Says Improved Global Stability, But Greater Risks to Emerging Economies

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 08:37
Jubilee USA Network

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warns risks are "rotating" to emerging economies in its Global Financial Stability report. The report notes improved overall stability but lists three key challenges facing global policy makers. The IMF releases the stability report twice a year before its Spring and Annual Meetings following its World Economic Outlook report which the fund released yesterday. In that report the IMF reduced growth projections and warned of rising debt levels. The IMF/World Bank Meetings begin in Lima, Peru at the end of this week.