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I'll Support Him If He Does—But Joe, Please Don't Run

Common Dreams - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 03:43
Apologies if I repeat myself (I've written much of this before), but, hell, I'm getting old—as is Joe.
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The Not Very Smart Elon Musk

Common Dreams - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 03:30
As Twitter implodes under Musk's rule, a lawsuit argues Tesla is vastly overpaying the world's richest man.
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This Is America #178: Mourning & Fighting for Colorado Springs; Inside the UAW Strike

It's Going Down - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 03:08

Welcome, to This Is America, November 25th, 2022.

On today’s episode, first we speak with two members of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation about the ongoing mass United Auto Workers (UAW) strike across the University of California system. We talk about how the strike grew out of a wave of wildcat strikes in early 2020 across the UC system and how workers are fighting to build rank-n-file power and win a cost of living wage increase, in one of the most expensive housing markets in the US.

We then turn towards our discussion, as we offer up an anarchist analysis of the midterms, why the pundit class got it so wrong, and what this means for social movements and struggles going forward.

All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!

Living and Fighting

REPORTBACK: 🏴🚩#SacramentoCA vigil for #COSprings #QClubMassacre. In honor of #5dead and over 25 injured after a gunman opened fire inside Queer Venue, the #QClub in #ColoradoSpringsCO. Over 50+ attendees chant #QueerMeansAttack // #QueersBashBack! 🧵

— pridewasariot.sac (@pridewasariot_) November 23, 2022

In the midst of increasing attacks against the LGBTQ+ community, both from the Republican party and from far-Right actors, people across the US are reeling after a 22 year-old gunman walked into a LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, just before the start of Trans Day of Remembrance, and opened fire, killing five people and injuring many more. The gunman was thankfully stopped – not by police – but by people inside the club who disarmed and then beat the shooter.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, grandson of a MAGA State Assemblymember, is the 22 year-old suspect accused of carrying out a deadly mass shooting at a LGBTQ+ club in #ColoradoSprings. The killings follow months of attacks, death threats + anti-LGBTQ bills in Colorado + beyond. A thread.

— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) November 21, 2022

While more information is coming out all the time, we do know that the shooter’s grandfather is a MAGA Republican in California and his own father when interviewed espoused anti-gay views. People who knew the shooter have also reported that he often used anti-gay slurs and a video has also emerged of the shooter and his mother shouting racist slurs at an airport. The wider Right has responded by attacking those who stopped the shooter for attending an LGBTQ+ event in the first place while doubling down on attacks on the LGBTQ+ community.

#Salem, #Oregon banner drop in solidarity with #ColoradoSprings.

— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) November 22, 2022

Across the US, people held vigils and rallies in solidarity, denouncing the wave of anti-LGBTQ+ attacks and threats by groups like the Proud Boys against Pride and beyond.

Colorado Springs, we stand with you. Silence is death.

— BITE BACK DC (@bitebackdc) November 22, 2022

Anarchists and militant queers and trans people also dropped banners, held vigils, and in Colorado Springs, vandalized the front entrance to the anti-LGBTQ+ group focus on the family, writing, “Their Blood Is On Your Hands, Five Lives Lost.” Focus on the Family is most well known for raising millions to attack same-sex marriage and promote the horrific practice of “conversion therapy.” A statement from the anonymous group who take credit for the vandalism stated:

It is important to us that you understand why Focus on the Family must be held accountable for the ramifications of their hateful theology. You have likely seen the onslaught of anti-trans legislation, of which Focus on the Family is a huge proponent, both in funding and propaganda. With an alarmingly expansive network, they work closely with powerful entities, such as the DeVos family, to promote and fund this anti-trans legislation. Focus on the Family’s goal is to eradicate queerness. Tactics they use to achieve this include indoctrination, media saturation, falsified research, and conversion therapy. We encourage you to continue to investigate the many examples of their culpability, which can be found front and center on their own website.

Source: Colorado People’s Press

Class War

The White House has now stepped in to try and stop a potential railroad strike right before the holidays, after workers at the largest US railroad union voted down a Biden backed deal. In 1991, then President Bush, later backed by Congress, crushed a national rail strike by ordering over a quarter of a million workers by to work after only a day.

At 6pm last night, the UAW 2865 bargaining team held a pre-bargaining caucus to discuss their decision of the previous night to drop COLA as an integral demand across subsequent years of the contract.

— UCSC4COLA: NO COLA, NO CONTRACT (@payusmoreucsc) November 22, 2022

In California, tens of thousands of United Auto Workers remain on strike across the University of California system, demanding a cost of living wage increase. At UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara, after a week of barricades on the campus, dining halls on both campuses were “liberated” and made free to everyone.

Source: Cops off Campus Davis

A statement published online wrote:

This dining commons belongs to you (it’s right in the name: commons, something held in common by a community). This university belongs to you. For as long as it lasts, it belongs to everyone. It runs on the labor, research & study of students, workers, & staff. Bureaucratic administrators have one function: to exploit that labor & research. They exist to underpay workers, treat students as clients & customers, & build a wall between the campus & the community that they also rip off as landlords. This exploitation is such an unpopular idea that they need an armed wing to make it work or everyone would laugh at them. That’s the cops. Today we do this act of common-making in solidarity with everyone who is food insecure, rent-burdened, & everyone whose research & labor is exploited including those striking for a better contract. We are in solidarity with their demand for a COLA & their community safety demands that include the call to defund the university police. Have a meal; it’s yours.


Yesterday, thousands of high school students across #Seattle walked out of class and rallied in front of City Hall, following the shooting death of a 14 year-old at Ingraham High School. Students have rejected calls for armed police in schools + are demanding more counselors.

— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) November 15, 2022

In Seattle, thousands of high school students organized a walkout after the shooting death of a student and to denounce calls for more police in schools, instead putting forward the demand for more counselors per student.

In Boise, Idaho, antifascist researchers outed a white supremacist police officer, Matthew Bryngelson, who spoke at the recent white nationalist ‘American Renaissance’ conference and who had contributed to its website in the past under a pseudo-name that referenced a neo-Nazi in the movie, American History X. Bryngelson, who retired from the police force in September of 2022, also hosted the department’s podcast over the course of the year.

Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Struggle for Sovereignty

“Lamprey is completely gone.”

They do not have consent. Anyone actively destroying our lands and waters for future generations are in violation of Wet'suwet'en law! Stand up!! Fight back!!#WetsuwetenStrong #AllOutForWedzinKwa

— Gidimt’en Checkpoint (@Gidimten) November 4, 2022

Responding to a call for action in solidarity with the ongoing fight for sovereignty in Wet’suwet’en territory, several direct actions were claimed. On Puget Sound Anarchists, the following communique was posted:

Over the last several weeks we have spiked large swaths of trees in the so-called “Capitol State Forest” in rural so-called “Thurston County, Washington” (ancestral Nisqually, Squaxin, and Chehalis land), leading up to the November 5th day of action in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en struggle against Coastal Gas Link and the Canadian government’s colonial intrusion into their territory.

This seasonal transition has been sharp and hard on the land. Our forests here experienced an unusually sudden shift from severe heatwaves and drought that lasted late into the fall, to floods and freezes with minimal autumnal gentle rains to steward the earth into the rainy season. These forests which have fed so many for time immemorial show the consequences. As climate change-fueled “natural” disasters become more and more devastating every year, the industrial rate of destruction of everything that sustains the land and the people on it only escalates. Politicians speak out of one side of their mouths about “truth and reconciliation” or “climate action,” while with the other side of their mouths they send the police to clear the way for mining and logging companies. Swaths of land dripping in moss and bubbling with streams, teeming with mushrooms and other life will soon be left as dry mangled fields, mirrors of the hellscapes being created in unceded Wet’suwet’en territory. Lifeless, and robbed of all sustenance and culture, useless to anyone but the corporations and people who sold off a forest they had no connection to.

All of these industries are on the side of Coastal Gas Link and they are all our enemies. We feel the rage, creativity, and determination of the people of Wet’suwet’en and Wedzin Kwa, and must all act against every aspect of colonial industry which threatens the sovereignty and lifeblood of lands and waters. We hope this message serves as a warning to deter all upcoming timber sales in the Capitol Forest. If the trees are cut, we hope for maximum damage to the chainsaws and mills.

Up in Wet’suwet’en territory, CGL just blew up Lamprey Creek, an active salmon and eel spawning ground, and home to two elders’ cabins on the Wedzin Kwah river. These waters and forests are lifeblood being stolen and desecrated. Drilling under the crystal clear Wedzin Kwah is active, while salmon actively spawn nearby. Wet’suwet’en protectors have specifically called on anarchists to step up. This comes with huge risk for the Wet’suwet’en. Let that call be heard and felt by our friends and our enemies.


Meanwhile in so-called Philadelphia, a report posted to Philly Anti-Capitalist wrote:

On the night of November 5th, a small group of Anti-colonial Anarchist settlers in Lenapehoking blockaded a chokepoint of a high frequency railway in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en resisting drilling in the Wedzin Kwa and all those resisting colonial capitalist development and infrastructure all across Turtle Island and the World!

We hope to inspire many more and frequent railway blockades as an effective action to disrupt colonial and ecocidal infrastructure all across Turtle Island and Globally.

Shut down Canada, Colonialism, and Capitalism everywhere!

Finally, a communique posted to Northshore Counter-Info took credit for actions in Ontario, writing:

In the early hours of Nov 5, groups of anarchists acted in solidarity with Sleydo’s call for action to support the ongoing Wet’suwet’en battle to protect the yintah and kill the drill. Rail lines were sabotaged at several points in a disruption of business-as-usual along main arteries of the freight system. They will continue to be sabotaged at random far into the future, at every corner of rail line across the turtle’s back.

The night sky yawns and the stars and moon stare down at us, working in the night. They cast their gaze upon us near and far, as they do also on the shimmering waters of the Wedzin Kwa. The drilling begins, and while we weep for the water, the salmon, and our beloved dead, our rage begins to burn, a lit fuse.

CGL, RBC, Kkkanada – you are not safe and you have ignited something that will never die.

ELF Prisoner Sentenced to Time Served

Joseph Mahmoud Dibee, a 54-year-old environmental activist and former Earth Liberation Front saboteur, was sentenced to time served today after pleading guilty to two arsons targeting animal facilities.

— UNICORN RIOT 🦄 👈❗✨ (@UR_Ninja) November 1, 2022

Eco-prisoner Joseph Mahmoud Dibee has been sentenced to time served. As Unicorn Riot reported:

Joseph Mahmoud Dibee, a 54-year-old environmental activist and former Earth Liberation Front saboteur, was sentenced to time served today after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit arson and one count of arson. Dibee was also ordered to complete 1,000 hours of community service.

Dibee is a former member of an autonomous cell of the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front, loose networks of activists who in the late 90s and early 2000s took responsibility for a string of attacks on industries, businesses, and government entities they saw as responsible for the mounting environmental crisis.

In 2005, in the midst of post-911 anti-terrorism fervor, the FBI rolled out Operation Backfire, which ultimately led to the indictment of nearly 20 people on serious felony charges. Although Dibee was not initially charged in the case, he was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury to testify against another activist. When confronted with the choice of whether or not to cooperate, or ‘snitch,’ Dibee chose to flee to Syria, his family’s country of origin. Shortly thereafter, he was indicted in a sweeping conspiracy case.

Antifascists Continue to Mobilize Against Far-Right TERFs

Source: Ash J

Demonstrations continued against a tour put on by “Let Women Speak,” a group of far-Right connected TERFs (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists), who attempted to hold anti-trans rallies across the US, often linking up with fascist groups like the Proud Boys. In both Philadelphia and New York City, over 100 people in each city mobilized to shout down the anti-trans activists, effectively shutting down their rallies.

Action in Defense of the Atlanta Forest

Organize! Organize! Organize! #stopcopcity

— Community Movement Builders (@CommunityMvt) November 5, 2022

Action in defense of the Atlanta forest continues. First up in our action roundup, people claimed credit for closing “down the Atlanta Police Department’s shooting range” inside the Atlanta forest. According to a communique posted to Scenes from the Atlanta Forest:

On the evening of Saturday, November 19, chainsaw-wielding militants took action to close down the Atlanta Police Department’s shooting range inside the Weelaunee Forest, where APD trains weekly to kill and maim the people of Atlanta. A few small trees were selectively felled in order to block the access road to the shooting range. One of the felled trees hit a power line which provides electricity to the shooting range, leading to a power surge which blew a transformer and disabled the cameras, which were then destroyed with fire and hammers. The power line only services the shooting range. No residential areas were impacted by the outage.

Since the closing of the shooting range, the Weelaunee forest has not been quiet – even the cold November woods are full of life and noise – but it has been more peaceful without the police filling it with the sounds of war. We hope that all the residents of the forest and the surrounding neighborhood can relax better in the relative silence, but we must be clear that we didn’t do this for their sake.

We took this action for the dead – for Rayshard Brooks and every person killed by the Atlanta Police, for every murdered revolutionary, for the Muskogee who were forced from this land, for every enslaved person who lived and died on the plantation here, for every prisoner killed by guards at the old prison farm and buried in unmarked graves in the forest. This forest is theirs and we will not allow the police to desecrate it with their presence.

We will not allow the police to bulldoze over the history of their own crimes.

The land remembers. We remember. Cop city will never be built.

According to an anonymous report posted to Scenes from the Atlanta Forest, another report claimed credit for torching another work truck:

In the late afternoon hours of Tuesday, November 8 (Election Day), another tow truck entered the parking lot of the Weelaunee People’s Park with the intention of carrying away the charred remains of Ryan Millsap’s tow truck, which was burnt back in July. The latter truck has become a monument to the power of this movement, and had already been defended from extraction at least once before. So when this new truck came–its driver saying that he had already called the cops, and he’d be towing our truck as soon as they arrived–forest defenders were quick to respond. The police, on the other hand, were not. When it became clear to the driver that the cops were too lazy, overextended, and scared to come to his aid, he abandoned the vehicle with the keys inside. When DKPD did finally arrive on the scene, they were too scared to even enter the parking lot, let alone the forest. Forest defenders drove the truck to the RC field in an attempt to block the path where a bulldozer had entered last May. Then they set it ablaze, taking great care to ensure that the surrounding grass didn’t catch.

Meanwhile, those Americans that still believe in the ritual of voting were casting their ballots for the maintenance of one or the other version of the status quo. They think of this as freedom, as though the choice between 100 brands of cereal were the same as choosing how to live. We chose another route. We chose to defend a territory that has been claimed by the people, for the people–where the police do not dare to go because they have seen what happens to enemy vehicles. We elected a raging fire beneath a full moon!

Source: Scenes from the Atlanta Forest

Finally, another report took credit for the burning of an excavator:

This excavator belonged to Norfolk Southern, a supporter of the proposed Cop City Project in ATL. It was decommissioned by fire. Fire heals all. Fuck northfolk southern railways.

Submitted anonymously over email


A communique claiming credit for vandalizing a building belonging to Adidas was posted to various counter-info sites reading:

Early November 20th, several hours before the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup, we smashed up most buildings at the Adidas North American headquarters in Portland, Oregon. We shattered windows, broke doors and covered walls with paint across the corporate campus, including office buildings, the gym and cafe. Adidas is one of FIFA’s primary long-term partners, and a main sponsor of the World Cup in Qatar this year.

The history of the World Cup is one of death and displacement. Every stadium stands upon the dead bodies of workers who built it. In Qatar, over 6,500 migrant workers from South Asia died during the decade of preparations for the 2022 World Cup, forced to work in slave conditions. The World Cup was made possible by hundreds of thousands of migrant workers forced into labor through a combination of physical violence, threats of imprisonment, passport confiscation, debt bondage, and more. Every World Cup involves the violent evictions and displacement of thousands, replacing whole neighborhoods with stadiums and other infrastructure. The entire operation is protected by huge increases of militarized policing and surveillance, with 3,000 riot cops sent from Turkey, 4,500 soldiers from the Pakistan army and forces from the British Royal Navy and Air Force coming to Qatar to enforce control during the World Cup.

All this is enabled by the huge companies that sponsor the World Cup and FIFA in the interest of profit.

We reject the logics of global capitalism and the state, and the endless violence they create together. All that’s left to do is fight back.

Animal Liberation Front (ALF) Releases Thousands of Mink

According to a series of communiques released by cells of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) posted to the Animal Liberation Press office, thousands of mink across fur farms in Ohio and Michigan have been released back into the wild. In early November, 1,000 mink were liberated in Ohio, followed by 800 mink in Michigan. Then on November 15th, at least 10,000 minks were released from another farm in Ohio. According to The Truth About Fur, there are around 120 mink fur farms in the US and 60 in Canada, each generating tens of millions a year in profits.

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Solidarity needed for anarchist comrades in Mexico City seriously injured after being attacked while protesting against the State's appropriation of Ricardo Flores Magón.

— Scott Campbell (@incandesceinto) November 25, 2022

  • Anarchists in Mexico City were attacked after protesting the State’s attempts at recuparting the memory of anarchist militant Flores Magon. Please see how you can support, here.
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Categories: D1. Anarchism

Loss and Damage Fund as a Paradigm Shift

Common Dreams - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 03:06
The fight for a liveable planet will be won or lost in this decade.
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Upside Down Nature: Musings of a Terrestrial Urban Ecologist ‘At Sea’

The Nature of Cities - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 00:24

I recently had the great pleasure and privilege of a holiday on a boat in the Maldives. I had never sailed before, and am by no means an ocean-going character (indeed I took a year of swimming lessons in anticipation of this holiday), so the whole experience of being at sea was wonderfully novel to … Continue reading Upside Down Nature: Musings of a Terrestrial Urban Ecologist ‘At Sea’ →

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Africa X Up เกมสล็อตสุดฮิตเล่นง่ายจ่ายจริง

Pittsburgh Green New Deal - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 00:10
Africa X Up เกมสล็อตสุดฮิตเล่นง่ายจ่ายจริง

Africa X Up เกมสล็อตสุดฮิตเล่นง่ายจ่ายจริง เกมสล็อตใหม่ล่าสุด ที่มาในธีมของ อียิปต์โบราณจากแอฟริกา เกมแนวซาฟารี พร้อมกราฟฟิกเกมที่น่าตื่นตาตื่นใจ อลังการ สมจริงสุด ๆ หากใครที่ได้ลองเล่น รับรองว่าจะต้องติดใจอย่างแน่นอน เกมใหม่สุดฮิต แจกโบนัสสุดปัง คุ้มกว่านี้ไม่มีอีกแล้ว

สำหรับเกมนี้ เป็นเกมสล็อตจากค่ายสล็อตยอดนิยมอันดับ 1 ของวงการสล็อตออนไลน์ อย่างค่าย AMB SLOT ค่ายสล็อตที่นักพนันออนไลน์ทั่วโลกชื่นชอบและไว้วางใจ การันตีจากผู้ใช้งานจริง สำหรับเกมนี้ เป็นเกมสล็อตใหม่ล่าสุด ตัวเกมเล่นง่าย เบทขั้นต่ำเริ่มต้นที่ 1 บาท พร้อมโบนัสรางวัลสูงสุดถึง 2000X เท่าเลยทีเดียว

สัญลักษณ์ของเกมAfrica X Up เกมสล็อตสุดฮิตเล่นง่ายจ่ายจริง

ตัวเกมจะเป็นเกมสล็อตวิดีโอแบบ 5 รีล 3 แถว ที่มีไลน์เดิมพันการชนะรางวัลทั้งหมด 243 ไลน์เดิมพัน การชนะรางวัลเรียงจากซ้ายไปขวา และมีสัญลักษณ์ภายในเกมทั้งหมด 8 สัญลักษณ์ แต่ละสัญลักษณ์ มีอัตราการจ่ายรางวัล เมื่อชนะการเดิมพัน ดังต่อไปนี้

1.สัญลักษณ์ ผู้ชาย หากสัญลักษณ์นี้ ปรากกบนรีลเกมจำนวน 3 , 4 และ 5 ตัว จะได้รับอัตราการจ่ายรางวัล เมื่อชนะการเดิมพัน 40 เท่า , 80 เท่า และ 140 เท่า ตามลำดับ

2. สัญลักษณ์ ผู้หญิง หากสัญลักษณ์นี้ ปรากกบนรีลเกมจำนวน 3 , 4 และ 5 ตัว จะได้รับอัตราการจ่ายรางวัล เมื่อชนะการเดิมพัน 35 เท่า , 70 เท่า และ 130 เท่า ตามลำดับ

3. สัญลักษณ์ ช้าง หากสัญลักษณ์นี้ ปรากกบนรีลเกมจำนวน 3 , 4 และ 5 ตัว จะได้รับอัตราการจ่ายรางวัล เมื่อชนะการเดิมพัน 30 เท่า , 60 เท่า และ 120 เท่า ตามลำดับ

4. สัญลักษณ์ แรด หากสัญลักษณ์นี้ ปรากกบนรีลเกมจำนวน 3 , 4 และ 5 ตัว จะได้รับอัตราการจ่ายรางวัล เมื่อชนะการเดิมพัน 25 เท่า , 50 เท่า และ 110 เท่า ตามลำดับ

5. สัญลักษณ์ กรูปรี หากสัญลักษณ์นี้ ปรากกบนรีลเกมจำนวน 3 , 4 และ 5 ตัว จะได้รับอัตราการจ่ายรางวัล เมื่อชนะการเดิมพัน 20 เท่า , 40 เท่า และ 100 เท่า ตามลำดับ

6. สัญลักษณ์ A หากสัญลักษณ์นี้ ปรากกบนรีลเกมจำนวน 3 , 4 และ 5 ตัว จะได้รับอัตราการจ่ายรางวัล เมื่อชนะการเดิมพัน 18 เท่า , 35 เท่า และ 90 เท่า ตามลำดับ

7. สัญลักษณ์ K หากสัญลักษณ์นี้ ปรากกบนรีลเกมจำนวน 3 , 4 และ 5 ตัว จะได้รับอัตราการจ่ายรางวัล เมื่อชนะการเดิมพัน 15 เท่า , 30 เท่า และ 80 เท่า ตามลำดับ

8. สัญลักษณ์ Q หากสัญลักษณ์นี้ ปรากกบนรีลเกมจำนวน 3 , 4 และ 5 ตัว จะได้รับอัตราการจ่ายรางวัล เมื่อชนะการเดิมพัน 12 เท่า , 25 เท่า และ 70 เท่า ตามลำดับ

  • สัญลักษณ์พิเศษ Wild จะสามารถแทนที่สัญลักษณ์อื่น ๆ ภายในเกมได้ทั้งหมด ยกเว้นสัญลักษณ์ Scatter เพื่อลุ้นรับรางวัลได้ง่ายมากยิ่งขึ้น เพื่อเพิ่มโอกาสในการชนะรางวัล Mega Win, Super Win, และ SuperMega Win ได้ง่ายมากขึ้น
  • สัญลักษณ์ Scatter หากปรากฏบนรีลเกม 3 ตัว จะไๆด้รับสปินฟรี 8 ครั้ง เพื่อเข้าสู่ฟีเจอร์ ฟรีสปิน รับรางวัลไม่อั้น

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Categories: B3. EcoSocialism

Food Donation Can Help Nigeria Fight Hunger and Cut Food Waste

Food Tank - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 00:00

The Global Food Donation Policy Atlas recently issued recommendations that may help Nigeria reach their 2035 goal to end poverty and reduce hunger. The recommendations respond to Nigeria’s existing policies and legal barriers to food donation and outlines solutions that align with the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

To help countries around the world prevent food waste, the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) and the Global Food Banking Network (GFN) launched the Global Food Donation Policy Atlas in 2019. Nigeria joins as the 18th country in the Atlas to include country specific legal guidance and policy recommendations.

According to the Atlas, 44 percent of Nigeria’s population experiences moderate or severe food insecurity. At the same time, 40 percent of food is lost after harvest, highlighting the urgency of closing the gap between production and consumption. “We know that most food that ends up in landfills is safe and edible and the risk of illness is relatively low. We also know that food producers are willing to redirect surplus food to people experiencing hunger if their risk of liability is removed,” Emily Broad Leib, Director of FLPC tells Food Tank. 

Nigeria does not have a national law to promote food donation or to address the country’s nearly 38 million tons of food loss and waste per year. To help surplus food reach those in need and better understand the greatest barriers to food donation in Nigeria, GFN and FLPC collaborated with local organizations including the Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition and the Lagos Food Bank Initiative.

The Atlas offers a variety of policy recommendations that Nigeria could pursue to promote food donation. One of the highlighted recommendations is to elaborate on and clarify food safety requirements relevant to food donation. Michael Sunbola, President of the Lagos Food Bank Initiative, tells Food Tank, “This policy has the possibility of ensuring that good and edible food items can be donated and utilized while reducing the amount of food waste that comes out of food industries like supermarkets and local markets.”

The Atlas also recommends establishing clear and comprehensive liability protections for food donors and food recovery organizations that meet food safety standards and participate in the donation and distribution of surplus food. “One common concern about food donation is the fear that someone will get sick after eating donated food,” Halley Aldeen, Research Director at GFN, tells Food Tank, “Companies should be able to donate food in good faith without worrying about criminal liability in cases of illness.”

Broad Leib thinks that these two recommendations could make a massive difference in multiple sectors in Nigeria. “Given the difficult financial situation many countries, including Nigeria, are in post pandemic,” says Broad Leib, “we are highlighting two recommendations because they are both low or no cost opportunities for change.” Not only are they low or no cost, Broad Leib reports that “progress on these two recommendations alone could significantly boost the amount of food producers that donate their surplus of safe food, decrease food waste, and limit the greenhouse gasses it generates in landfills at the same time.” 

The Atlas also suggests interventions including incentivizing programs and educational campaigns. Currently, tax incentives in Nigeria do not apply to food donations. This means that any costs associated with preparing, storing, and transporting food for donation are not recuperated. The Atlas recommends that tax incentives be available for in-kind donations and that food donation organizations be included on the list of organizations to which tax-deductible donations can be made.

Education and media, which shape the public’s ideas about food consumption, are important as well, Sunbola says. “The vast majority of Nigerians are of the school of thought that all types of date labels, even best before labels, indicate that the product is expired and no longer suitable for consumption,” he tells Food Tank. 

Sunbola adds that food safety education and food label awareness should go hand in hand with recommendations surrounding labeling regulations. “To change this mindset,” he continues, “effectively sensitizing Nigerians with forms of media campaigns, visual aids, and hosting open conversations on this subject, can begin to help change this narrative.”

As the recommendations outline, food donation may guide Nigeria on its path to meet its 2035 goals to reduce poverty and end hunger. “Food loss and waste have significant negative consequences for economies and people,” Broad Leib tells Food Tank. “Food donation has the triple bottom line benefit of supporting people, the planet, and the economy.”

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Volt Rush: The Winners and Losers in the Race to Go Green by Henry Sanderson – Review

Red Pepper - Sat, 11/26/2022 - 00:00
A lithium mine in Chile. Lithium is a vital component of many ostensibly ‘green’ technologies

About two-thirds of the way through Volt Rush, Henry Sanderson interrupts his description of the pack of corporate scavengers picking over central Africa’s copper belt to quote the first lines of V S Naipaul’s unremittingly bleak novel of post-colonial commerce A Bend in the River. ‘The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.’

In a book built around hard science and shoe-leather journalism – Sanderson was the Financial Times commodities and mining correspondent for six years – the literary excursus is unexpected. It’s nevertheless oddly congruous, in topic and in tone. Volt Rush, like A Bend in the River, is about progress’s secret kinship with collapse, and the dark paths dreams take as they turn into nightmares. Batteries, the hidden midwives of the renewables revolution, are here to save the world: that’s how Elon Musk sees it. But when viewed from the polluted deserts of Chile, the 24/7 factories of China and the half-ruined mines of central Africa, they seem like they’re here to condemn it.

Speculation meets geopolitics

We begin with a series of sacred cows, marked for the abattoir. The first conceit to the slaughter: solar, wind and tide energy are only as renewable as the batteries they depend on. Two: those batteries aren’t renewable at all. In fact, as Sanderson outlines in brisk, business-like prose, they’re reliant on a massive programme of resource extraction. Somewhere north of 40 times the amount of lithium currently in circulation – per year – will be needed to end petrol vehicles. Copper, cobalt and nickel will be required too, in unprecedented quantities. Quantities a host of variably ethical corporate entities are alternately keen to locate and happy to provide.

It’s an article of faith for some that capitalism can’t manage the climate crisis. Volt Rush demonstrates in anatomic detail how dated that view is becoming

Sanderson’s second act starts here, in the shadowy borderland where speculation and geopolitics meet. China plays a starring role, predictably enough. Unwilling to disturb the pax americana with an expensive, and quixotic, arms race, the PRC buys up supply chains instead: butter over guns. A panicked, senescent EU, desperate to smooth the electric transition of Europe’s bloated car industry – one in 20 Europeans are employed by it – is a late but enthusiastic entry to the game. And, navigating the ragged, money-spinning edges of legality and ethics, the battle-scarred condottieri of international capital – like the malignant Glencore metals and minerals company – ride again.

The prize is the galvanic heart of a future world: one running on lithium, not oil. Elon Musk and his charmless cohort of entrepreneur-seers make futurist cameos here, though prophecies of sea-floor strip mines and desert-wide refineries sound like a threat, not a promise. Mining is infamously environmentally unfriendly; the likely impact of the ‘green revolution’ ought to give pause to partisans on the left, if scope alone doesn’t do the job. The industry doesn’t play nicely with people either, inflicting reliably horrific human damage with every pound of lithium we drag from the bloodied earth. An indirect future benefit for the climate is mortgaged on a great deal of direct ecological destruction in the here and now.

Lithium-lit uplands

It’s an article of faith for some that capitalism can’t manage the climate crisis. Volt Rush demonstrates in anatomic detail how dated that view is becoming. Even the villainous Glencore is forced, by Volt Rush’s end, to reconsider its indurate love of coal. A ‘green’ transition is possible under the present system of affairs. Across the third world, as Sanderson demonstrates, it’s already beginning to unfold. But transition for whom? And towards what?

Sanderson’s smooth, limpid storytelling brightens the deadening business of commodities trading: attention to the bizarre, often unpleasant characters populating the industry gives his narrative a personable shine. It makes his eventual retreat into techno-optimism all the more striking. A grim story of profiteers and environmental collapse culminates in a homiletic reflection on the broad lithium-lit uplands opening up for the whole human race.

But surprise – at least in this case – has to be tempered with the discomfort of self-recognition. Indefinite exploitation of finite resources; the maintenance, or expansion, of the extraction economy; the overarching, non-negotiable need to keep the industrial economy functioning as it has for two hundred years – the left might have more in common with Elon Musk than we’d like to admit.

‘Net zero’ presents itself as a clean break with the bad old carboniferous era but from the perspective of a Congolese child miner, or an indigenous Colombian, it’s more of the same. From the perspective of the natural world, exploited and destroyed in methods and regions previously unimaginable, it spells the escalation, not the end, of the disaster. The environmental benefits of the battery revolution, considered outside the arid realm of emissions statistics, seem dubious. To paraphrase the old Vietnam war saying: has it become necessary to destroy the environment in order to save it?

Nowhere is safe

The ‘green revolution’, confined to a shift in the focus of the industrial economy, leaves extant structures of power – and disempowerment – untouched. It prolongs destructive patterns of consumption, attenuates parasitic corporate cartels, intensifies paleo-imperialist exploitation of the third world. Worst of all, it stops us thinking.

An opportunity to radically reimagine humanity’s relationship to the natural world is being squandered. Instead, as Volt Rush comprehensively – if not always intentionally – demonstrates, we’re offered a future that looks much like the past. Lithium-sinewed, cobalt-limbed, breathing waste, drinking air: the system continues. So will the disaster.

In the final pages of A Bend in the River, one character warns the protagonist: don’t hope. ‘Nobody’s going anywhere,’ he says. ‘We’re all going to hell, and everyone knows this in his bones. Everyone wants to make his money and run away. But where?’ Naipaul had no illusions about the world we’ve made for ourselves. Nowhere, he wrote, is safe.

Madoc Cairns is a staff writer at The Tablet

This article first appeared in issue #237, Autumn 2022, Power in Unions. Subscribe today to get your magazine delivered hot off the press!

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Half of Replanted Tropical Trees Don’t Survive, New Study Finds

Environment News Service - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 17:07

On average, about half of trees planted in tropical and sub-tropical forest restoration efforts do not survive more than five years, but there is enormous variation in outcomes, new research has found.

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Iron-Rich Dust From South America Played Role in Last Two Glacial Periods, Says Study

Environment News Service - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 17:02

Dust from the high Andes of southern Bolivia and northern Argentina was an important source of iron for the nutrient-deficient South Pacific in the last two glacial cycles, especially at the beginnings of these cycles.

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Quantifying the Impact of Vegetation Changes on Water Availability

Environment News Service - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 17:00

Dr Chris Huntingford from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology collaborated on a new study which explains how global water availability is affected by changes in vegetation cover.

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Less Intensively Managed Grasslands Have Higher Plant Diversity and Better Soil Health, Research Shows

Environment News Service - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 16:58

Researchers have shown - for the first time - that less intensively managed British grazed grasslands have on average 50% more plant species and better soil health than intensively managed grassland.

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Why I’m Thankful For 500 Years Of Indigenous Resistance

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 15:10

Starting in 1452, under the guise of the Papal Bull Romanus Pontifex and later the 1493 Papal Bull Inter Cetera, the Christian Doctrine of Discovery, European Christians began their efforts to expand colonial rule, and the Christian Empire, throughout the world.

These Papal Bulls sanctioned European Christian Nations to “capture, vanquish, and subdue the saracens, pagans, and other enemies of Christ, to put them into perpetual slavery, and to take all their possessions and property” and were authorized “to take possession of any lands discovered that were not under the dominion of any Christian rulers.”

Early colonial efforts centered on the western coast of Africa as Portugal “claimed” lands and engaged in the trafficking of African slaves.

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In Malay, Orangutans Means ‘People Of The Forest’

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 15:05

The dust has settled at the resorts in Sharm el-Shaikh, Egypt, as delegates of countries and corporations leave the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The only advance made in the final agreement was for the creation of a ‘loss and damage fund’ for ‘vulnerable countries’. However, despite being hailed as a breakthrough, the deal is little more than the financing of the Santiago Network for Loss and Damage agreed upon at the COP25 in 2019. It also remains to be seen whether this new financing will in fact be realised. Under previous agreements, such as the Green Climate Fund established at the COP15 in 2009, developed countries promised to provide developing countries $100 billion per year in financing by 2020, but have failed to meet their stated goals.

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The US Is Determined To Drive A Wedge Between Ethiopia And Eritrea

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:54

Western officials and pundits never stop trying to drive a wedge between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Their screams that Eritrea must get out of Ethiopia have grown louder and louder every day since  Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) signed a peace agreement to end the two-year civil war. The US should get out of Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and outer space before it brings an end to life on earth, but of course that’s not on the table.

Instead we hear that the Ethiopian peace agreement is likely to collapse if Eritrean troops don’t leave Ethiopia. Biden, Blinken, and rabid pro-TPLF Congressmen like Brad Sherman, D-CA, continue to threaten Ethiopia, but even more so Eritrea, with sanctions.

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Haitian Women Mobilize On November 25 Against Political Violence

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:40

On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, peasant women, political activists, social activists, feminists, from across Haitian territory, will unite their voices on the streets. In their mobilizations to be held on November 25, they seek to publicly and internationally denounce the political violence against them, the repression and silencing of women of the working class sectors by paramilitary forces and instruments of the Haitian government.

Following in the footsteps of the three Dominican Mirabal sisters, whose brutal assassination in 1960 inspired the commemoration on the November 25, they will denounce the racist, anti-Haitian and xenophobic violence against Haitian refugee women by the Dominican government and its public policies so similar to those of the former dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina.

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Media Serve The Governors, Not The Governed

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:35

In his 1971 opinion in the Pentagon Papers case, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black wrote:

“In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government.”

That’s what WikiLeaks and Julian Assange have been doing since 2006: censuring governments with governments’ own words pried from secrecy by WikiLeaks’ sources—whistleblowers. In other words, WikiLeaks has been doing the job the U.S. constitution intended the press to do.

One can hardly imagine anyone sitting on today’s U.S. Supreme Court writing such an opinion.

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This World Cup Is Brought To You By Abused Migrant Workers

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:33

In a full-throated defense of 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in a press conference on Saturday, “Today I feel Qatari, today I feel Arab, today I feel African, today I feel gay, today I feel disabled, today I feel a migrant worker…because I know what it means to be discriminated, to be bullied.”

Criticizing the West, and Europe in particular, for migration policies, corporate profiteering off of Gulf oil, and “what we Europeans have been doing for 3,000 years around the world,” Infantino tried to draw attention away from multiple controversies plaguing the 2022 World Cup.

FIFA, the governing body for world soccer, is expected to bring in $6.5 billion in revenue from this year’s World Cup, a 25% jump from the 2018 games. Infantino himself made $3.2 million in 2019 alone.

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Kick Out Apartheid: Campaigning For Justice In Sport For Palestine

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:30

As the World Cup begins, Samidoun is part of a growing global campaign to demand FIFA take action to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for its ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people, including Palestinian sport. The campaign also aims to support anti-normalization efforts in support and boost sports boycott campaigns as well as #BoycottPuma and related actions in the sports world. It’s time to score a goal for Palestine!

Israel has violated the principles of FIFA in a variety of ways that would normally warrant disciplinary actions and even a suspension of its membership. However, the politics of FIFA have prevented the organization in the past from taking such action. Its internal by-laws have even been amended to make it more difficult for the Palestine Football Association (PFA) to demand such action.

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Jazz Musician Esperanza Spalding To Depart Harvard

Popular Resistance - Fri, 11/25/2022 - 14:10

Prominent jazz musician Esperanza E. Spalding, a professor of the practice in Harvard’s Music Department, will depart the University, she announced in an email to department affiliates this week that was obtained by The Crimson.

Spalding wrote in the email that she has communicated with Harvard over “many months” about a proposal for a “decolonial education” curriculum she would like to implement as a course or initiative, but said what she aspires “to cultivate and activate in organized learning spaces is not (yet) aligned with Harvard’s priorities.”

A five-time Grammy award winner, Spalding joined the Music Department as a part-time professor of the practice in 2017 and has taught courses on songwriting, performance, and musical activism.

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