Monday, July 5, 2010

Truthout 7/5

Fending For Themselves
Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "Theresa Dardar is a member of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe. They are a small community of self-described Indians that live in southern Louisiana along a small stretch of the Bayou Pointe-au-Chien. Now, oil from the BP disaster threatens their very existence."
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Judges Rule Obama Can't Close Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump
James Rosen, McClatchy Newspapers: "Three administrative judges within the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled last week that Congress had designated Yucca Mountain in 1987 to receive highly toxic waste from the Savannah River Site on the S.C.-Georgia border and other complexes that built atom bombs during the Cold War."
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Locked Out: The 12 million People Without a Country, and Their Need to Become a Citizen
Stephanie Hanes, Christian Science Monitor: "The United Nations estimates that nearly 12 million people around the world are stateless. Statelessness has nudged in alongside better-known issues such as access to clean water, refugee rights, and education as a top priority on the global humanitarian agenda of the United Nations, governments, and advocacy groups."
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The Tea Party Is Dangerous: Dispelling 7 Myths That Help Us Avoid Reality About the New Right-Wing Politics
Adele M. Stan, Alternet: "Few things are more confounding to liberals and progressives than the rise of the Tea Party movement, and the media's infatuation with it. Just as we breathed a sigh of relief with the election of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president, after eight disastrous years under the reign of Bush the Younger, in swept a furious wave of misanthropic pique."
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BP Used Oil Industry Tax Break to Write Off Its Rent for Deepwater Rig
Pat Garofolo, ThinkProgress: "Transocean, the company that owns the failed Deepwater Horizon rig that caused the Gulf oil spill, used well-known tax havens in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland to lower its U.S. corporate tax rate by almost 15 points."
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God's Not on the Side of Union Busters
Dick Meister, Truthout: "God may or may not be on the side of unions, but a Catholic scholars group says that being on the other side, that is being against unions, is a 'grave violation' of the church's social doctrine. Opposing unions is, in fact, a mortal sin. And should be."
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BP Shows US It's Time for a New Energy Policy Like Europe's
Steven Hill, Truthout: "With toxic black ooze spreading throughout the Gulf of Mexico, it is time for the Obama administration to think seriously about national energy policy. They could learn plenty by looking across the Atlantic to Europe. By forging ahead with widespread implementation of innovative conservation practices, renewable energy technologies and fuel efficient transportation, Europe has managed to reduce its 'ecological footprint' to half that of the United States for the same standard of living."
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Twenty-Four Hours in a Haitian Camp
Katie Kane, Truthout: "It is 2:00 PM in what used to be the neighborhood of Croix des Prez in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After the "catastrophe" of January 12, 2010, it became Camp Croix des Prez, only one of the many camps in which over 600,000 still live. Four months after the earthquake, it looks as though the destruction took place yesterday. Concrete dust, rubble, trash, half-collapsed buildings, rusted tin and tents make up the geography of Croix des Prez. It is a landscape on tilt."
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