Author: The CNCL Team

The Bilderbergers in Switzerland

The conferences of the Bilderbergers are the most secretive events, managed by those who pull the strings behind world leaders – politicians, corporate CEOs, big finance, and other business execs, artists, and the who-is-who of the world elite. And we are talking of the western world. Other than about ten attendees from Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria and Estonia, participants are North Americans or Europeans. The rest of the world doesn’t count.

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New Report Warns Planet May Be Warming Twice as Fast as Expected

New earthshaking science will be coming out in the 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that could nearly double future warming predictions. We have a window into this new science now, and if we thought the spate of apocalyptic climate reports last year was bad, our near-term future will create a plausible scenario that is far worse than the worst-case scenario we have come to fear.

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Climate Shake-Out with Dahr Jamail

Indie-journalist and author of “The End of Ice” Dahr Jamail covers the climate threats and how to cope – with host Alex Smith. From the Arctic to the Amazon to middle America we globe-trot through the latest science and what it means for our common future.

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After Years of Abuse, the Earth Has Sent Its Bill Collectors

This planet’s macro-ecological system does have an undeniable sense of accounting … and it keeps a running tally. From alpha-gal syndrome to herbicide resistance, from rising seas to superstorms, we’re watching Mother Nature’s accounting system repeatedly expose the fatal flaw driving economic growth during the Anthropocene era. That flaw is the fallacy of externalities.

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The Mass Media Is Poisoning Us With Hate

Our opinions and prejudices are skillfully catered to and reinforced, with the aid of a detailed digital analysis of our proclivities and habits, and then sold back to us. The result, Taibbi writes, is “packaged anger just for you.” The public is unable to speak across the manufactured divide. It is mesmerized by the fake dissent of the culture wars and competing conspiracy theories.

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The Reality of Zoos Is Even Worse Than You Think

At best, the zoo is a fun day for humans who will laugh and point and stare at captive animals who did nothing to deserve their confinement. At worst, it’s a prison that indoctrinates future generations with the shameful belief that animals should be subjugated, abused, and killed simply because we can. Much like the circus freak show, it’s an antiquated, cruel relic that should be banished to the annals of history.

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Animal Agriculture Causes Biodiversity Loss: UN Report

A new UN environmental report, which found that around 1 million species are at risk of extinction, puts much of the blame on animal agriculture, saying that the meat industry has a “particularly heavy impact”. Of all the major causes of biodiversity loss listed by the report (such as destruction of forests and wetlands, overfishing, climate change and pollution), animal agriculture is the primary cause of the deterioration.

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R2P and the Palestinian Ordeal: Humiliating the UN

If there is a lesson for the Palestinian struggle it is this. Do not look for relief to any future application of R2P, or for that matter, to inter-governmental diplomacy or the UN. The only path to ending current patterns of criminal victimization is by a combination of Palestinian national resistance and global solidarity initiatives.

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Beef Industry Takes the Biggest Bite Out of Earth’s Natural Resources

Earlier this month, faced with its involvement in the planet’s environmental crisis, the U.S. Roundtable on Sustainable Beef put together a voluntary framework to “assess” and “encourage” sustainability and hand out recognition certificates. But it’s totally inadequate. This framework lacks accountability, transparency and, above all, truth about beef’s impacts.

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‘This Is About Attacking Journalism,’ Warn Press Freedom Defenders as Trump DOJ Hits Assange With New Espionage Charges

In an unprecedented move that journalists and press freedom defenders denounced as “the most significant and terrifying threat to the First Amendment in the 21st century,” the Trump Justice Department announced Thursday that a federal grand jury charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 new counts of violating the Espionage Act.

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18 Ways Julian Assange Changed the World

Assange and WikiLeaks revealed the American military’s war crimes, the American government’s corruption and the American corporate media’s pathetic servile flattery to the power elite. We are all Julian Assange. As long as he’s imprisoned, we can never be free.

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We Are Witnessing the Collapse of Nature

We seem to be a pretty smart species, we create symphonies and 3D printed hearts and can take pictures of Mars. But really, how smart is a species that knowingly destroys its own habitat, to the point that it becomes unsurvivable? It is up to us, right now, to ensure that we protect biodiversity and treat the natural world with the care and respect required to support our species.

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Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World

An interview with Glenn Albrecht about his new book and solastalgia. “Glenn Albrecht’s vision is at once realistic and contagiously optimistic. Through unique language, he names the heart-breaking loss we feel as nature gets pummeled. Yet our senses open and our smiles re-emerge as we recognize that such destruction can be the catalyst for the evolution of human consciousness. This book is a manifesto for a new Earth.” —Peter Kahn, author of Technological Nature

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Why Carbon Credits For Forest Preservation May Be Worse Than Nothing

For the airline industry and industrialized nations in the Paris climate accord, offsets could be a cheap alternative to actually reducing fossil fuel use. But the desperate hunger for these carbon credit plans appears to have blinded many of their advocates to the mounting pile of evidence that they haven’t — and won’t — deliver the climate benefit they promise.

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Why Billionaires Have No Right to Their Wealth

Not a day goes by without a new article with details on the unprecedented growth in income inequality and its dire consequences. Something is missing, though. No one is proposing measures that would take away wealth from the 600 or so U.S. billionaires and the 20,000 families with hundreds of millions. Why not?

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The Reckless Saudis Want to Start Another War

The U.S. has enabled Saudi war crimes for years, and now their leaders want to get us to fight another one of their wars for them. This is just one more reason why the U.S. should cut off all military assistance and support for the Saudis and their allies, and it is why the U.S. should be distancing itself from the Saudis as quickly as possible.

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This Month in Climate Science: Warming-driven Economic Inequality, Disappearing Alps and Plummeting Penguin Populations

Every month, climate scientists make new discoveries that advance our understanding of climate change’s causes and impacts. The research gives a clearer picture of the threats we already face and explores what’s to come if we don’t reduce emissions at a quicker pace. A snapshot of the month’s significant scientific literature, compiled from some of the leading peer-reviewed journals.

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A Next-Generation Plastic That Can Be Recycled Again and Again

A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has designed a recyclable plastic. Like a Lego playset, it can be disassembled into its constituent parts at the molecular level. It can then be reassembled into a different shape, texture, and colour again and again without loss of performance or quality.

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Nicaragua: The War of 2018

Nearly all US regime-change wars (Venezuela, Syria, Honduras, Ukraine, Libya, Yugoslavia, etc.) are wars of deception, fabrication, propaganda, coups and false flags. Nicaraguans have waged an heroic struggle against the most powerful empire in history.

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Former President of American College of Cardiology Condemns Animal-based Keto Diets

American cardiologist Kim Allan Williams Sr. (born 1955), former president of the American College of Cardiology discusses the research on ketogenic diets. In a nutshell, he concludes that animal-based ketogenic diets are bad for your heart and cardiovascular system. But he also discusses plant-based keto diets, and he says that the research so far suggests that a keto diet may not be so bad as long as animal products are avoided.

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Recorded Webinar – Reconnecting with the Earth for Personal and Global Healing (Part II: The Calling)

We are at a pivotal time in human history. Please join the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) in a series of webinars where we explore the relationship between ecology, how we relate to one another and the earth, and healing from crisis. We have gathered experts from around the globe, including indigenous peoples, to speak to this topic, share best practices, and propose some solutions to the very complex problems we face.

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Socialism: Ecology or Nothing

Participatory economics and a participatory society puts in place a concern for human well being and development that doesn’t forcefully preclude harming other species, but which is receptive to and respectful of governmental or other social or ecological restraints on behalf of other species. If other species had votes, they would vote for participatory society.

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Real Populism is the Answer to Climate Crisis

Stop trusting those who represent not us, not the planet, not its bounteous species but the corporations, wherever they are found – in our parliaments, in our media and in our universities. It is time to listen not to them, but to the still small voice inside each of us that was long ago battered into silence and submission.

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Waters Near Arctic Ocean Just Jumped 30 Degrees Above Normal

An area just below the Arctic Ocean rose to 84 degrees Fahrenheit in recent days, a staggering 30 degrees higher than the average temperature for this time of the year, according to the Washington Post. Although the jump is likely due to an isolated weather event, the frequency of regional heat waves has risen in recent decades, which indicates the long-term effects of climate change.

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The Threat of War with Iran

Is the U.S. lurching towards another illegal war in the Middle East? The White House has ordered an aircraft carrier strike group off the coast of Iran and a fleet of bombers have flown to U.S. air bases near that country, while preliminary plans are apparently underway to send 120,000 U.S. troops to the region.

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Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza

On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets.

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Does Capitalism Mean War?

Which system, capitalist or socialist, was more likely to contain peace, or stated another way, more likely to wage war? Examination of the conflicts occurring during the Cold War provides a clue and answers another lingering question. “Does Capitalism mean war?”

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Where Is the Antiwar Movement in the US?

With all of these lies and deceptions that led our country into wars, why isn’t there more outrage among Americans to stop them? There are a few activist groups like CODEPINK and Veterans for Peace but there are almost no antiwar voices in the mainstream media.

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Distorting ‘Democracy’ in Venezuela Coverage

At every turn, Guaidó and his backers have taken steps that have nothing to do with democracy, and everything to do with what Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (Independent, 5/1/19), who teaches human rights and philosophy at the University of London, aptly labeled “a white supremacist foreign intervention.” That corporate media manage to portray this as a “pro-democracy movement” is both a tragedy and a farce.

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Venezuela’s Crisis: A View from the Communes

Regardless of what happens next in Venezuela, Julian believes that the strong level of community organisation built up over the past two decades will not go away easily. “There’s still a lot of strength, a high level of organisation. Wherever you look, you will find a commune, a cooperative, some kind of committee or organisation.

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The Importance Of Bumblebee Conservation

Since the late 1990s, U.S. bumblebee populations have declined nearly 96%. We generally hear about the population reductions in honeybees due to their larger impact on our economy, while the plight of bumblebees is overlooked. Bumblebees’ contributions to our economy are significant as well, and they play a large role within their native ecosystems. For these reasons it is important that we take dedicated steps toward bumblebee conservation.

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