Citizen Action Monitor

Evidence from several sources raises 9 allegations Obama Admin is weakening environmental protections

Obama talked big on 2008 campaign trail but his rhetoric has too often proven to be empty No 1085 Posted by fw, June 28, 2014 “President Obama’s bold statements on … Continue reading

June 28, 2014

Wisconsin citizens slam dunk Enbridge’s planned friendly “Coffee and Conversation” gathering

The people turned Enbridge’s “sham public hearing” into a “real public hearing” No 1084 Posted by fw, June 28, 2014 “Several of those frustrated by the company’s format for the … Continue reading

June 28, 2014

Supreme Court of Canada ruling shifts the legal landscape and massively empowers aboriginal peoples

Implications of the ruling are open-ended and potentially enormous for governments and resource industries No 1083 Posted by fw, June 27, 2014 “The Supreme Court decision states that the government … Continue reading

June 27, 2014

US history prof apportions blame for the mess in Iraq

Lawrence Davidson’s analysis should help anti-war activists inoculate the American public against war-mongering No 1082 Posted by fw, June 25, 2014 Retired professor of history, Lawrence Davidson, has a remarkable … Continue reading

June 25, 2014

Tribunal provides opportunity for victims of corporate violations to be heard and to demand justice

Eight transnational corporations on trial today (June 23) for human rights violations No 1081 Posted by fw, June 23, 2014 “The Tribunal will examine cases that confirm that the United … Continue reading

June 23, 2014

Professor William Rees offers a whole new approach to sustainability planning: Part 5 of 5

Part 5 – Rees gifts us a new way forward, but in his Epilogue he doesn’t seem to hold out much hope for our survival — “We are our own … Continue reading

June 21, 2014

Professor William Rees offers a whole new approach to sustainability planning: Part 4

Part 4 – It’s time to end the cult of consumerism, which is ecologically destructive, and to return to policies and programs to strengthen community, cooperation, and common interest. No … Continue reading

June 20, 2014

Professor William Rees offers a whole new approach to sustainability planning: Part 3

Part 3 – Rees outlines how world leaders should react if confronted with a major global catastrophe No 1078 Posted by fw, June 19, 2014 In Part 1, Rees reviewed … Continue reading

June 19, 2014

Professor William Rees offers a whole new approach to sustainability planning: Part 2

Part 2 – Rees makes the case for “steady-state sustainability” with justice No 1077 Posted by fw, June 18, 2014 In the preceding post, Part 1, Rees reviewed what he … Continue reading

June 18, 2014

Professor William Rees offers a whole new approach to sustainability planning: Part 1

In Part 1, Rees summarizes the most pressing global challenges we face – climate change, ecological overshoot, and rising inequality No 1076 Posted by fw, June 17, 2014 William Rees … Continue reading

June 17, 2014

Obama bashes climate deniers, but critics note his own proposed solutions fail to stand up to scrutiny

Once again, Obama great with words, not so great with action No 1075 Posted by fw, June 15, 2014 “President Obama offered a new and impassioned speech centered around climate … Continue reading

June 15, 2014

In the US courts, kids for climate justice win one, lose one

No 1074 Posted by fw, June 13, 2014 Oregon youth win reversal in critical climate recovery case Press Release by Our Children’s Trust, June 11, 2014 Eugene, OR — In … Continue reading

June 13, 2014

Why are democracies sliding ever further to the right, into selfishness?

Extrinsic values “ensure that nations slide ever further into selfishness, and ever further to the right” No 1073 Posted by fw, June 11, 2014 “We are not born with our … Continue reading

June 11, 2014

Obama’s proposed 30% emissions cuts is a death sentence for vulnerable communities, says top climate scientist

Failure to radically reduce emissions in the short-term locks in higher temperatures and “dangerous” impacts No 1072 Posted by fw, June 10, 2014 “…whilst Obama’s proposition is certainly brave within … Continue reading

June 10, 2014

Samara’s “Facilitation Guide” for its Democracy Talks program

No 1071 Posted by fw, June 10, 2014 Following up on yesterday’s post, Will a program designed to get Canadians “talking politics” inspire more active citizenship in Canada? below is a copy … Continue reading

June 10, 2014

Will a program designed to get Canadians “talking politics” inspire more active citizenship in Canada?

Samara, a non-partisan charity founded in 2009, has launched “Democracy Talks” to find out No 1070 Posted by fw, June 9, 2014 “The premise of Democracy Talks is that there … Continue reading

June 9, 2014

Ten reasons why democracies around the world are in deep crisis

“Genuine democracy is about setting agendas. It’s not about voting yes or no to somebody else’s more or less cunning agenda.” No 1069 Posted by fw, June 7, 2014 “In … Continue reading

June 7, 2014

Joint Review Panel’s pipeline report ‘indefensible’, say 300 Canadian scholars; urge Harper to reject it

“The Canadian electorate received a ruling that is not balanced or defensible due to five major flaws” No 1068 Posted by fw, June 7, 2014 “The JRP  [Joint Review Panel] … Continue reading

June 7, 2014

Inspiring role model for all activists — Introducing Margaret Cassar, Australian BDS activist

“She is a lot of the glue that holds us all together.” No 1067 Posted by fw, June 5, 2014 “World attention focuses on Palestine for a short time, resolutions … Continue reading

June 5, 2014