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Fracking's Disposable Workers

Disposable Assets in the Fracking Industry
by Walter Brasch
The oil and gas industry, the nation’s chambers of commerce, and politicians who are dependent upon campaign contributions from the industry and the chambers, claim fracking is safe.
First, close your mind to the myriad scientific studies that show the health effects from fracking.
Close your mind to the well-documented evidence of the environmental impact.
Focus just upon the effects upon the workers.
The oil and gas industry has a fatality rate seven times higher than for all other workers, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control. (CDC). According to the CDC, the death rate in the oil and gas industry is 27.1; the U.S. collective death rate is 3.8.
“Job gains in oil and gas construction have come with more fatalities, and that is unacceptable,” said John E. Perez, secretary of labor.

Not included in the data, because it doesn’t include the past three years, when the oil/gas industry significantly increased fracking in the Marcellus and other shales, is a 27-year-old worker who was cremated in a gas well explosion in late February in Greene County, Pa.

White Whales and Other Fish Stories: The Unrepentant Mr. Netanyahu

The Face of Falsehood
by William A. Cook
“Ladies and gentlemen, peace is Israel’s highest aspiration. I’m prepared to make a historic peace with our Palestinian neighbours — – a peace that would end a century of conflict and bloodshed. Peace would be good for us. Peace would be good for the Palestinians” - Bibi Netanyahu before the AIPAC conference earlier this month

There are those who stand in regal splendor in halls resplendent with brilliantly colored flags and emblems of rank testifying to their positions as leaders in the world, acknowledged with respectful applause, as the audience standing in adulation of that position to witness the entrance of the announced Lord of the realm as he ascends to the podium to declare his moral righteousness before the world, spread out through the nations in the Temple of Television, and boldly, shamelessly lie before all humankind—they are the face of falsehood.

Yesterday that face was George W. Bush addressing the joint sessions of Congress as he announced vengeance against an unknown enemy as lie after lie fell from his lips. Today it is Netanyahu declaring his love for peace when he speaks for a nation led by Zionist ideology that has never sought peace as that word is known to the entire world and thus masks truth in obfuscation, for “peace” to the Zionist has been and continues to be “greater Israel” achieved by power not by peace as we know it.

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The Snipers' Provenance (and why the Paet/Ashton phonecall matters)

Why the Paet/Ashton Phone Call Matters
by Peter Lee - China Matters
As readers may know—a necessary caveat because the story has not received wall-to-wall play as, for instance, the resignation of Liz Wray from RT has attracted—the audio of an intercepted phone call between the Foreign Minister of Estonia, one Urmas Paet, and Baroness Ashton, the EU poobah in charge of foreign relations and, by extension, the Ukraine mess, made its way onto the Internet.

Paet is reporting on what he saw and heard in Ukraine near the height of the crisis, shortly after the sniper attack of February 21 and the precipitous collapse of the Yanyukovich government.

The contents of the phone call are pretty damning.

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Blood Will Be Borne: The Role of Snipers in Birthing of the "New Ukraine"

Did Right-Wing Protesters Hire Snipers to Kill Protesters and Police at Maidan?
by Walter C. Uhler
Dmitro Yarosh is the leader of the right-wing radical Ukrainian group known as Pravy Sektor (The Right Sector). Pravy Sektor and Svoboda (one of the three oppositional parties in Ukraine’s parliament prior to the coup d’état that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych) were particularly willing to resort to violence against the police at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square, in Kiev. Moreover, as Keith Darden and Lucan Way have observed;

“The right-wing groups have been particularly active among the organization of the protest movement on the ground, particularly as the number of protesters has dwindled over time and revealed a resilient right-wing core.” [Washington Post, Feb. 12, 2014]

According to Dr. Anton Shekhovtsov, an expert on Ukraine and right-wing parties in Europe;

“What is frightening, however, with Pravy Sektor itself is that it comprises many groups that I would call neo-Nazi. Fortunately, they also constitute a minor element of Pravy Sektor, but they are there. Dmitro Yarosh, who is the leader of the Trident, of Trizub-it’s the name of the organization — it may be not racist itself, but it cooperates with the real nasty people who are part of the Pravy Sektor, like Patriot of Ukraine.” [“Crisis in Ukraine: The Role and Responsibility of the West.” Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, February 7, 2014
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Pentagon Papers: Phony Wars and Budget Cut Cons

The Pentagon’s Phony Budget War: Or How the U.S. Military Avoided Budget Cuts, Lied About Doing So, Then Asked for Billions More
by Mattea Kramer - TomDispatch
Washington is pushing the panic button, claiming austerity is hollowing out our armed forces and our national security is at risk. That was the message Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel delivered last week when he announced that the Army would shrink to levels not seen since before World War II. Headlines about this crisis followed in papers like the New York Times and members of Congress issued statements swearing that they would never allow our security to be held hostage to the budget-cutting process.
Yet a careful look at budget figures for the U.S. military -- a bureaucratic juggernaut accounting for 57% of the federal discretionary budget and nearly 40% of all military spending on this planet -- shows that such claims have been largely fictional. Despite cries of doom since the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration surfaced in Washington in 2011, the Pentagon has seen few actual reductions, and there is no indication that will change any time soon.
This piece of potentially explosive news has, however, gone missing in action -- and the “news” that replaced it could prove to be one of the great bait-and-switch stories of our time.

Government's Protracted Inaction on Border Services Abuses Draws Call for Oversight

Seven Years of Inaction: Rights organizations call for oversight mechanism in response to CBSA abuses
The BC Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers today called on the government to end its long inaction on the need for an independent and effective complaints and monitoring mechanism for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

The Maher Arar judicial inquiry recommended that CBSA’s national security activities be subjected to independent review in 2006. The federal government has failed to act on this recommendation.

While CBSA has sweeping police powers, it is unlike most other police forces in Canada because there is no independent oversight body to review its actions and to ensure respect for the human rights of refugees, migrants, and Canadians who deal with the agency. Municipal and provincial police across Canada, as well as the RCMP, have various forms of complaint agencies and independent investigation agencies to supervise their conduct.

“There is no excuse for seven years of doing nothing to ensure Canada’s border police are accountable to independent oversight,” said Josh Paterson, Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association.
“That’s seven years of people having virtually nowhere to turn when they have a complaint about the CBSA. Just filing a complaint with the CBSA itself is not good enough. There needs to be independent review for all of CBSA’s national security, enforcement and border policing activities.”
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Riding the Wild Crimea Wave

Crimean Shock Waves
by Ron Jacobs - CounterPunch
Recent events in the Ukraine have taken center stage since the Russian parliament passed legislation approving the deployment of more troops into the Crimea. The rationale is simple: to defend the Russian fleet that makes port in the Black Sea. This is Russia’s only warm water port and has been a point of contention for more than a century.

After the Crimean war of the 1850s, Russia lost her rights to base her fleet there. It wasn’t long afterwards, however, that Russia reclaimed that right after Napoleon III’s defeat in the Franco-Prussian war. Since then, Russia has had military ships there.

After the Russian-friendly government in Ukraine’s Kiev was overthrown the last week of February 2014 by angry Ukrainians, Russian mercenary forces moved into the Crimea. As of March 2, 2014, they are occupying various government buildings and generally making their presence known. Furthermore, the Russian Duma passed the resolution referred to above.
In response, Washington threatened unspecified “costs.” Secretary of State Kerry told the world that;

“You just don’t in the 21st Century behave in 19th Century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped-up pretext.” 

Besides the obvious hypocrisy of the statement by a representative of the one nation in today’s world which does exactly this every couple years, this sentence from Kerry glosses over the larger geopolitical and economic issues in this tete-a-tete.

What Syrians Can Learn From Yarmouk

Tears of Yarmouk – The Palestinian Lesson that Every Syrian Should Know
by Ramzy Baroud -
In the early days of the Syrian uprising-turned civil war three years ago, the writing on the wall of it becoming an intricate regional and international conflict was there for all to see. Palestinians in Syria were likely to find themselves a pawn in a dirty war, but few could have predicted the magnitude of the crisis, and perhaps, few cared.
Despite their many differences, there are two common denominators that unite all the parties involved in the Syrian conflict. One is that they are all contributing, directly or otherwise, to the killing of Syrians with unmitigated impunity, savageness even. And, two, in the same breath, they all pose as defenders of the Syrian people.
It is not a puzzle, but the nature of dirty conflicts.

Our Half-Wit Civilization: Single Hemispheric Dominance Threatens the Whole World

Of Two Minds - Part 1 of 3: The Divided Hemispheres
by Ray Grigg - Shades of Green
Humanity's incomparable degradation of our planet's environment continues unabated. Despite the inevitable severity of the consequences, we seem incapable of stopping the process, even though the causes have been exhaustively documented by a consensus of many scientists from multiple disciplines and the media have publicized the alarms in lurid detail.
So we know what we're doing wrong. Why, then, don't we change our behaviour? This perplexing question is being answered by the psychiatrist and writer, Iain McGilchrist.
McGilchrist's book is The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. The title is derived from a story told by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900). Neitzsche's story recounts a small but prosperous realm that is ruled by a wise master who governs his people with selfless devotion.
As his realm prospers and expands, the master realizes he needs emissaries to communicate with its distant parts. So he carefully selects and trains his representatives so they can be entrusted with this special duty. Eventually, however, the most clever and ambitious of these emissaries becomes contemptuous of the real master, begins presenting himself as him, and finally usurps power. With the master deposed, the people are incompetently ruled, tyranny replaces wisdom, and the realm soon collapses in ruin.

Fallujah's Citizens Targets of Government "Crimes Against Humanity"

Iraqi Government Killing Civilians in Fallujah
by Dahr Jamail - Truthout
Doctors, residents and NGO workers in Fallujah are accusing the Iraqi government of "war crimes" and "crimes against humanity" that have occurred as a result of its ongoing attack on the city.

Dr. Ahmed Shami, the chief of resident doctors at Fallujah General Hospital, told Truthout that since Iraqi government forces began shelling Fallujah in early January 2014, at least 109 civilians have been killed and 632 wounded.
"Ten of those killed were children, and 40 of the wounded are children," Shami said. He also said five of the dead are women, as are 35 of the wounded.
"Many children have been killed in cold blood as the result of the indiscriminate shelling of the city," Shami said. "At the same time, there are many young people from the city who (Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-)Maliki's army has killed and burned their bodies."

While the Iraqi government has not cut the city's water and electricity, doctors in Fallujah told Truthout that the Iraqi army, which they refer to as "Maliki's forces," continues to prevent medical supplies from entering the city.
Truthout spoke with another doctor from Fallujah, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisals from the Maliki government.
"Many houses and even the mosque near our house have been attacked, and many civilians killed and injured," the doctor said. "Many people have been killed before they could reach the hospital, which has also been targeted by Maliki's army."

UBC Institute a $24.6 Million Gift to Mining Industry

New Federally Funded Academic Institute a Tool to Support Mining Industry
by MiningWatch Canada
Ottawa - Despite public reassurances of independence during its recent launch, the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID) is a poorly conceived instrument of the Canadian government to support the mining sector abroad.

In a presentation to the Mining Association of Canada last year, former International Development Minister Julian Fantino promised industry representatives that the Institute “will be your biggest and best ambassador.”

And in a January submission to the Canadian government, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) proposed that the University of British Columbia-housed Institute could be a “key delivery device” for influencing natural resource management in resource-rich countries.

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