- Slaughter House Balochistan – special feature – Mark Ulyseas
- Boxes – poem from his book of the same title – Terry McDonagh
- Photo Gallery – Shinto Shrine, Kyoto by Joo Peter
- The Politics Of The (IM)POSSIBLE Utopia and Dystopia Reconsidered – Barnita Bagchi
- You are in safe hands – poem by Arjun Bagga
- A Place for All – Struggle for Equality at the Western Wall – Civil & Human Rights Activist Anat Hoffman
- Music from the Edge – Folk Musicians from Kutch – Randhir Khare
- A Simple Cell – Robin Marchesi
- Creating Healthy Boundaries Part II – Candess M Campbell
- They are just Papuans – Budi Hernawan OFM
There was a rather low-key confession made in the New York Times last week that deserves to be blared throughout this country so that every American understands what they are reading in the establishment’s ultra-controlled, government-managed “press” — and I use that last word loosely indeed.
The admission came in the form of a story by Jeremy Peters on the politics page of the Times July 16. I’ve been waiting for others to point it out, discuss it, debate it, express shock and exasperation over it. But I’ve waited for naught.
What this shocking story reveals is that even I — one of the kingpins of the new media and a refugee from the state-controlled spin machine – underestimated the utter and total corruption of the euphemistically called “mainstream press.”
It shows that most — not some — members of the print media establishment with access to the White House submit their copy to government officials for review, “correction” and approval before it reaches the American people!
Here is a song by Country Joe and the Fish who sings the anthem of the 60s…Vietnam. Have we as humans learned anything from all the hatred, the genocide, the wars?
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om
The Petermann Glacier before the ice island broke off this week.
An island of ice twice the size of Manhattan broke off this week from a Greenland glacier, a University of Delaware researcher reports.
The 59-square-mile (150 square kilometers) iceberg is the second massive loss for the Petermann Glacier in two years, researcher Andreas Muenchow reports. In 2010, an ice island four times the size of Manhattan was lost from the glacier.
“While the size is not as spectacular as it was in 2010, the fact that it follows so closely to the 2010 event brings the glacier’s terminus to a location where it has not been for at least 150 years,” Muenchow says in a university press release.
The researcher says its too early to blame global warming for the loss of Greenland ice, however.
“Northwest Greenland and northeast Canada are warming more than five times faster than the rest of the world,” Muenchow says in the press release, “but the observed warming is not proof that the diminishing ice shelf is caused by this, because air temperatures have little effect on this glacier; ocean temperatures do, and our ocean temperature time series are only five to eight years long — too short to establish a robust warming signal.”
Muenchow says the massive chunk of ice is expected to eventually enter the Nares Strait between Greenland and Canada, where it will break up into smaller icebergs.
That could take a while. Pieces of the 2010 calving can still be found along the Canadian coast as far south as Labrador, Muenchow said.
PROTECT THE FORESTS
Corruption is killing tigers. The government is handing out forests to coal companies.
It’s the biggest scam ever.  Between 2004-2009 the Coal Ministry, then under the Prime Minister, allocated coal mines to companies and government bodies at a throw-away price. The loss of
र 10.67 lakh crores projected by the CAG doesn’t even account for forests, wildlife and the livelihood of forest communities that will be destroyed by coal mining.
Even after the scam was unearthed, forests in Mahan, in Madhya Pradesh have received provisional clearance to be destroyed for coal mining.  This will be followed by the destruction of other forests like Chandrapur in Maharashtra and across Central India. The government needs to protect them instead of giving them away for free.
You should ask the Prime Minister to stop all new coal allocations and forest clearances until the scam has been investigated and there is a clear demarcation of areas that shouldn’t be mined.
The only way to get the PM act is to show him that lakhs in this country want him to protect their forests. In October he will be hosting an international Convention on Bio-diversity (CBD). This will be the ideal time to present him with our petition to save the forests from coal mining.
Coal is not the only way to provide electricity. Renewable energy and efficient use of the energy already available to us can save our forests from being destroyed.
Many forests dependent communities are already fighting to save their forests. Join them and strengthen the movement to protect the forests.
Help stop the destruction. Take action now.
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- CAG coal mine report: Govt lost Rs 10.67 lakh cr by giving ‘undue benefits’ to firms, Business Standard, March 22, 2012.http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/cag-coal-scam-report-upa-government/1/23419.html
- Essar Energy gets clearance for Mahan coal block in Madhya Pradesh, The Economic Times, June 25, 2012.http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-06-25/news/32409214_1_chief-executive-naresh-nayyar-essar-energy-plc-vadinar
- Renewable energy can power the world, says landmark IPCC study, Guardian, May 9, 2011 http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/09/ipcc-renewable-energy-power-world