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'Green News Report' - July 30, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Portland activists suspend from a bridge to stop Arctic drilling; Wildf...

OUTRAGEOUS! Animal Rights Activists Prosecuted As 'Terrorists'

The Intercept | Adam Goldberg | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

The FBI on Friday announced the arrests in Oakland of two animal rights activists, Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane, and accused the pair&nbs...

Pug, Poodle or Pit Bull: Who's Watching the World Bank Group?

Nezir Sinani | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Nezir Sinani

Since Jim Kim took up the Presidency of the World Bank Group in July 2012, heads have rolled, boxes have been moved around the organizational chart, and an unprecedented drive to shave $400 million from the budget has been undertaken.

A History of Protest - Racialized Politics of Mental Illness

Eram Alam | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices
Eram Alam

I trace a continuation of a vital politics that asserts that black lives have a right to existence. I see a movement repeatedly silenced by tear gas and police batons, just as a mental illness diagnosis was used as a social tranquilizer fifty years earlier.

To Obama, Iran's Threats Never Matter

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

On Saturday, "Al Quds Day," Iran had an orgy of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" chants. I witnessed some of it here in Toronto where I'm filming a new TV series.

Small Electric Yerevan Spark -- A Big Challenge for the Armenian Government

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
St. Gallen Symposium

What is specific to Electric Yerevan is that the protests were not led by any political leader, from either the ruling or opposition parties. It was a purely social movement led by young people and joined by the senior generation.

Pride Returns to It's Protesting Roots

Dan Glass | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Dan Glass

'RIP Pride' took place because of the corporate focus of Pride in London is seen to be influenced by those involved in running it. The Pride in London Board who are responsible for delivery of Pride is made up of mainly business bodies who have little or no connection to the queer community.

The Difference Between Activism and Advocacy

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 06.26.2015 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

Activists do themselves a disservice if they alienate advocates who believe just as passionately as they do, but choose to go about implementing change in a different way.

White Americans Support Protests, But Not So Much When Protesters Are Black

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.26.2015 | Black Voices

A new study found that a majority of white Americans believe that protests improve the country -- that is, unless those protesting are black. Acco...

New Walmart Ads: An Exercise In Lip Service

Richard Zombeck | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Richard Zombeck

Have you seen the new Walmart commercials? They're fabulous. They're heartwarming. They bring back any faith in humanity you may have lost. Actually, they're a spectacular exercise in disingenuous, masturbatory fiction.

Get Laid For Free And Protest Taxes At This Austrian Brothel

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2015 | World

VIENNA (Reuters) - An Austrian brothel is offering customers free sex in a summer-long protest over what its owner sees as punitive tax payments. "...

Yazidi Youth Protests Through His Art

Raza Rumi | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Raza Rumi

Recently, I came across a young Ezdi, Nasser H. Kassow from Shingal (Sinjar) who is a student of English at a University in Zakho. Kassow had tweeted some of his impressionistic paintings on the state of Yazidis. As we engaged on social media, I interviewed him via Skype to know a little more about his work.

Lilly Workneh

Hundreds Protest Racist Police Brutality At Site Of Texas Pool Party | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices

Hundreds of demonstrators descended in McKinney, Texas on Monday -- just two days after a video that captured a police officer’s use of force agains...

Lilly Workneh

Hosts Of Texas Pool Party Describe What Happened Moments Before Cops Arrived | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.08.2015 | Black Voices

Lashauna Burks said her daughter simply wanted to celebrate the end of the school year with her friends on Friday by hosting a party that promised foo...

Should Politics Have a Voice in the Eurovision Song Contest?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

Many observers of this year's Eurovision Song Contest noted that it was the most emotionally and politically charged event in the festival's 60-year memory.

Timid City Government Slow to Address Inequity

Ise Lyfe | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Ise Lyfe

Auditioning. That's what comes to mind when I think about the dynamic in the media and tone of local and federal governments as it relates to police brutality and holding law enforcement accountable for the perpetual killing of Black men.

Memorial Day, or National Grief Acknowledgement Day?

Megan Devine | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Megan Devine

In a sense, Memorial Day weekend should usher this country into the griever's world: The every day reality of grief. Memorial Day should (or could) be a time when the whole nation bows its collective head to its collective heart, and says: Ow. Ow. OW. This hurts.

Nixon's Domino Theory Was Right

Pat LaMarche | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

It's graduation season and nearly two million undergrads will receive their diplomas this year. While campuses all across the nation groom themselves for commencement, one university reels from the weight of another commemoration.

The Theology of Black Unrest

Tyree A. Boyd-Pates | Posted 05.07.2015 | Black Voices
Tyree A. Boyd-Pates

In the wake of the budding unrest in Baltimore, Ferguson, and other cities across America, Black Christians are trying to comprehend how Christianity informs their forms of resistance.

#CEOLivesMatter -- What About Others?

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

As a society, we have accepted the disruptions to life the very privileged and the very powerful visit upon us. I am concerned about the disparity of privilege, rights, and sanctioned behaviors that we tolerate and are told to get used to.

The Testing Opt-Out Movement Explodes, and the Empire Strikes Back

Lisa Guisbond | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Lisa Guisbond

As the resistance continues to escalate, we will no doubt see more threats and misrepresentations. But the movement shows every sign of remaining energized and united, keeping its eyes on the prize: a more rational approach to assessment and accountability that does not turn schools into test prep centers full of fearful teachers and disengaged students.

Stop the Madness

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
SidneyAnne Stone

Regardless of how you may feel about some of the recent issues we face, please don't let them tear us apart as people. We have to put our humanity first because we are all in this together.

'To the Youth of This City': Have the Cries for Justice in Baltimore Been Heard?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

The first day of May seemed to mark a turning point in the story of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died of a severe spinal injury incurred while in police custody. His death set off a wave of protests that turned violent this past week.

Is My Upset in Vain? On the Fatigue of Another #Baltimore

Jarrett Hill | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett Hill

Is there even any value in my pain, frustration or trying to use my voice? Is there any point in trying to engage my fellow American in dialogue that can bring about awareness? Should I even waste my breath trying to explain to you why Black people are sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Slavery, Curfews, Property, and Marriage

Buster Ross | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Buster Ross

Being out past curfew was against the law for slaves in the colonies. Should slaves have respected the law and brought about change through legal means?