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WIRT Newsletter: September Events

Thank you for posting this. I am so inspired by this and so many similar groups organizing and working together across boundaries to stop these insane multinationals and their destructive projects.

Earth First! Newswire

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Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allied activists have invited hundreds of tribal and non-tribal friends, students, and supporters in north central Idaho, the Treasure Valley, and beyond to the following events.  Please participate and contact WIRT at wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com and/or 208-301-8039 to arrange carpools from the Moscow/Pullman area to Bellingham, Boise, Helena, and Lapwai.

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Web of Life Unravelling, Wildlife Biologist Says

Respect is like gravity, an immutable law of the universe. If we don’t respect the Earth and all living beings then we die out. Timothy Leary believed that humanity was supposed to go to space once we reached the population levels we had in the 1960’s. That was our natural progression as a species. Now we are like an overdue baby rotting and killing the mother:-(.

Earth First! Newswire

By Brian Wilford / Oceanside Star

Wildlife biologist Neil Dawe says he wouldn’t be surprised if the generation after him witnesses the extinction of humanity.

All around him, even in a place as beautiful as the Little Qualicum River estuary, his office for 30 years as a biologist for the Canadian Wildlife Service, he sees the unravelling of “the web of life.”

“It’s happening very quickly,” he says.

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The Political Calculations behind Growing Inequality

Saturday, 07 September 2013 14:46By Sam Pizzigati,Other Words | Op-Ed

Fifty years ago, average Americans lived in a society where less than $10 of every $100 in personal income went to the nation’s richest 1 percent.

Our top 1 percent are now grabbing just under 20 percent of America’s income, double the 1963 level.

How did this happen? We Americans certainly never voted for this upward redistribution. In all the years since Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, no candidates ever campaigned on a platform that called for enriching America’s already rich.

Yet the rich have been enriched. And they keep getting even richer while America’s 99 percent face an economic insecurity that never lets up.

This doesn’t make sense. Americans, after all, live amid democratic institutions. Why haven’t the American people, through these institutions, been able to undo the public policies that squeeze the bottom 99 percent and lavishly reward the crew at the top?

Why, in other words, hasn’t democracy slowed rising inequality?… (Read the whole article at the link below on Truthout- http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/18675-the-political-calculations-behind-growing-inequality )


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Obama Should Seek Legal Prosecution, Not Illegal War

Obama Should Seek Legal Prosecution, Not Illegal War

Saturday, 07 September 2013 14:28By Kevin Zeese, The Green Shadow Cabinet | Op-Ed

The most effective deterrent against the use of chemical weapons is not the mass bombing of Syria, an action that would be illegal under international law and counterproductive, but to use the international legal system that has been built since World War I and take legal action under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Members of the Security Council should immediately pass a resolution referring the issue of the use of chemical weapons in Syria to the International Criminal Court. This would be an approach working within the framework of the rule of law to enforce the ban on chemical weapons that all members of the Security Council would agree on and would strengthen the international regimen that bans chemical weapons, rather than weaken it.

In his August 31st Statement on Syria, President Obama warned about of the “costs of doing nothing,” in response to the use of chemical weapons. The president asked:

“What’s the purpose of the international system that we’ve built if a prohibition on the use of chemical weapons that has been agreed to by the governments of 98 percent of the world’s people and approved overwhelmingly by the Congress of the United States is not enforced?”

Just as President Obama has complied with the constitution by seeking a resolution from Congress authorizing the use of the military in Syria, he should also respect the rule of international law by abiding by the requirements of the chemical weapons ban and referring the matter to the International Criminal Court for investigation and prosecution. Remarkably, the United States itself is not one of the 122 countries who have signed on as parties to the International Criminal Court. By withholding our support for this … (Read the whole article at the link below on Truthout- http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/18673-obama-should-seek-legal-prosecution-not-illegal-war )