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Media coverage explodes on Petraeus CUNY protests

By Steve Horn,  September 13, 2013

Screen shot of David Petraeus from video of students protesting

After The Dissenter ran a Sept. 10 interview with a member of the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY protesting former CIA Director David Petraeus’ adjunct professor gig at CUNY Macaulay Honors College, national coverage has exploded on protests occurring on his Sept. 9 first day of class.

The Petraeus protest YouTube video posted on The Dissenter for the first time now has over 273,000 views. Further, the specter of a potential crackdown on these activists also has arisen with the release of an ambiguous statement by CUNY Honors College Dean Ann Kirschner.

Kirschner’s statement up on CUNY Macaulay Honors College’s website regarding the protests on the first day of class and the brutal welcoming Petraeus received from activists:

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Clashes in Chile on 40th anniversary of 1973 military coup

Note: It is important to recall that bloody coup was backed and orchestrated by the US as an experiment in Milton Friedman’s neoliberalism.   And as Naomi Klein points out the outcomes were disastrous to Chileans, “The Chile of the 1960s had the best health and education systems on the continent, as well as a vibrant industrial sector and rapidly expanding middle class. Chileans believed in their state, which is why they elected Allende to take the project even further.

“After the coup and the death of Allende, Pinochet and his Chicago Boys did their best to dismantle Chile’s public sphere, auctioning off state enterprises and slashing financial and trade regulations. Enormous wealth was created in this period but at a terrible cost: by the early eighties, Pinochet’s Friedman-prescribed policies had caused rapid de-industrialization, a ten-fold increase in unemployment and an explosion of distinctly unstable shantytowns. They also led to a crisis of corruption and debt so severe that, in 1982, Pinochet was forced to fire his key Chicago Boy advisors and nationalize several of the large deregulated financial institutions.”

11 September, 2013.  Source: BBC

A masked man throws a Molotov cocktail at a protest on 8 September 2013Some of the protests to commemorate the coup turned violent

Protesters and police have clashed in Chile ahead of the anniversary of the coup led by Gen Augusto Pinochet.

Police said they had arrested dozens of people for erecting barricades and throwing stones and petrol bombs.

A bus was set alight in the capital, Santiago, where 8,000 officers have been deployed to prevent any violence.

The 1973 coup deposed the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende, and led to 17 years of military rule.

Past anniversaries have regularly been marked by demonstrations, some of which turned violent.

Interior Minister Andres Chadwick said on Wednesday that “up to this moment the reports have been very positive compared to what we were expecting”.

He said that “major troublemakers were trying to take advantage of the occasion”, but assured Santiago residents that the city was functioning normally.

Protesters have erected burning barricades in two Santiago neighbourhoods, police reported.

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Biggest protests in 20 years sweep Brazil

By Todd Bensen and Asher Levine, June 18, 2013. Source: Reuters

Thousands of people protest in Sao Paulo on June 17, 2013. More than 200,000 people marched in major Brazilian cities to protest the billions of dollars spent on the Confederations Cup and higher public transport costs.  Photo: Michael Schincariol/AFP

Thousands of people protest in Sao Paulo on June 17, 2013. More than 200,000 people marched in major Brazilian cities to protest the billions of dollars spent on the Confederations Cup and higher public transport costs. Photo: Michael Schincariol/AFP

As many as 200,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities on Monday in a swelling wave of protest tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption.

The marches, organized mostly through snowballing social media campaigns, blocked streets and halted traffic in more than a half-dozen cities, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia, where demonstrators climbed onto the roof of Brazil’s Congress building and then stormed it.

Monday’s demonstrations were the latest in a flurry of protests in the past two weeks that have added to growing unease over Brazil’s sluggisheconomy, high inflation and a spurt in violent crime.

While most of the protests unfolded as a festive display of dissent, some demonstrators in Rio threw rocks at police, set fire to a parked car and vandalized the state assembly building. Vandals also destroyed property in the southern city of Porto Alegre. Continue reading

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Photo Essay: Three brutally arrested protesting GE trees at industry conference

30 May, 2013

All photographs by Orin Langelle/ photolangelle.org for GJEP

_10m30_DSCN1302 Police use pain compliance holds as they wrestle a protester to the ground.  Activists were attempting to wrap a bus departing from the industry conference in GMO caution tape.

_7m30_DSCN1319 A local organizer with Katuah Earth First! is thrown to the ground and arrested in front of the bus.


_1m30_DSCN1380 Will Bennington, an organizer with Global Justice Ecology Project and the Campaign to STOP GE Trees prior to being thrown into an Asheville Police paddy wagon.


_12m30_DSCN1246 “You Spoil Our Forests – We Spoil Your Dinner” banner refers to blocking conference participants from attending an exclusive dinner at the Biltmore Estate – birthplace to industrial forestry in the US.


_11m30_DSCN1251 Tree Engineer and industry mouthpiece Steve Strauss takes photos of the protesters as they chant at him.  A security guard laughs.


_13m30_DSCN1335 Local Katuah EF! zombie organizer.


_9m30_DSCN1311 Police brutally pull and yank on peaceful activists


_8m30_DSCN1318 Police wrestle and throw to the ground a local woman organizer.


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_4m30_DSCN1363 Zombie “Franken-tree” demonstrators bang on pots and pans and chant anti-GE tree slogan as arrests continue.


_3m30_DSCN1371 Protesters vow that resistance will continue.


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Week of protests planned against genetically engineered trees at industry conference

From the Campaign to STOP GE Trees, Global Justice Ecology Project, Earth First!, Dogwood Alliance, Global Forest Coalition and Biofuelwatch

Asheville, NC- Local, national and international groups are combining forces for a series of events and protests against the international Tree Biotechnology 2013 conference in Asheville, NC from 25 May to 1 June.

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is organizing the bi-annual Tree Biotechnology conference.

ArborGen, one of the sponsors of the IUFRO conference, wants to commercially sell millions of GE eucalyptus trees in seven southern states from South Carolina to Texas.

Eucalyptus trees are a documented invasive species and are explosively flammable. The US Forest Service reports they will use twice the water of native trees.

ArborGen claims GE trees can be used for climate change mitigation.  The groups protesting the IUFRO conference say GE trees are a false solution to climate change and will actually worsen it through uncontrollable firestorms and destruction of native forests.

The Tree Biotechnology 2013 conference will discuss promotion of GE tree technologies not just in the US, but globally.

The week of protests in Asheville includes the following:

Saturday, 25 May, March Against Monsanto, 2 p.m.
GE trees protesters will join the march and the Coordinator of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees will speak at the rally.  The rally begins at Pack Square Park followed by a march and a second rally. Photo Ops available.

Monday, 27 May, Teach-In 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Experts will speak on the dangers of GE trees, biomass electricity and other forms of extreme energy false solutions including nuclear power, fracking, tar sands and coal mining at the Toy Boat Community Art Space, 101 Fairview Road.

Tuesday, 28 May, Rally and March, 4 p.m.
A rally against GE trees starts in downtown Ashville in Pritchard Park.  The rally will be followed by a march to the Tree Biotechnology Conference site. Photo Ops available.

Wednesday, 29 May, Showing of “A Silent Forest: The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered Trees”, 6 p.m. This documentary is narrated by renowned geneticist Dr. David Suzuki.  The Apothecary, 39 S. Market St.

For more details on these events, including times and locations, or to follow the news day by day, go to: treebiotech2013.org or follow us on facebook.

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Indigenous protests grow as Ecuador auctions Amazon oil blocks

November 28 2012. Source: Upside Down World, Amazon Watch

Police, military and hotel security attempted to forcibly remove indigenous leaders and protesters from the front entrance of the oil conference. Photo: Amazon Watch

Police, military and hotel security attempted to forcibly remove indigenous leaders and protesters from the front entrance of the oil conference. Photo: Amazon Watch

Quito – Hundreds of indigenous people gathered outside the Marriott Hotel in Quito today at the VII Annual Meeting of Oil and Energy where the Ecuadorian government announced the opening of the XI Round, an oil auction in which 13 oil blocks went on sale covering nearly eight million acres of rainforest in the Amazonian provinces of Pastaza and Morona Santiago near the border with Peru.

Led by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) and the Confederation of Amazonian Indigenous Nationalities (CONFENIAE) and representing seven indigenous nationalities, the group overtook the entrance to the hotel and were meet by military, police, private security forces and pepper spray. Several indigenous leaders entered the meeting and publicly confronted Minister of Non-Renewable Energy Wilson Pastor.

“CONFENIAE was never consulted about this,” said Franco Viteri, President of CONFENIAE. “Our position on oil extraction is clear: We are absolutely opposed.” Continue reading

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Protests disrupt India’s nuclear energy plan

By Rama Lakshmi and Simon Denyer, September 15, 2012. Source: Washington Post

Photo: Washington Post

Koodankulam, INDIA — It is a protest that not only threatens the commissioning of the largest nuclear reactor in India but also could cripple the country’s plans to satisfy more of its growing energy needs with nuclear power.For nearly 400 days, residents of fishing villages in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have demonstrated against a new seaside nuclear plant here. Thousands marched toward the site this week, chanting, “We don’t want nuclear power,” until police firing tear gas and brandishing bamboo canes beat them back.

“This is now the center of all the anti-nuclear protests across India,” said Anicha Milton, a frail, 30-year-old fisherwoman. “If we succeed here, no new nuclear reactor can come up anywhere.”It took 14 years and help from Russia to build the twin reactors here, and the plant is weeks from beginning production. But as post-Fukushima fears about the safety of nuclear reactors reached a peak last week, India’s hope of meeting some of its growing energy deficit with nuclear power in the next two decades appears increasingly unrealistic.

On Thursday, the protesters waded into the sea near the plant, standing in chest-high water to draw attention to their fears and vowing to prevent engineers from loading fuel into the reactor. Similar protests over health concerns and the acquisition of farmland have stalled several proposed nuclear power plants across India, including at sites set aside for American and French companies.

At stake is India’s ability to fuel its economic ambitions by setting up more power plants as well as its ability to address a growing tide of popular protests in a democratic manner. Continue reading

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Peru anti-mining struggles: an official in Cajamarca switches sides, peasant farmers protest Rio Blanco project

August 16, 2012. Source: WW4 Report

In a turn-around in the conflict over the proposed Conga gold mine in Cajamarca, Peru, right-wing fujimorista congressman from the region, Joaquín Ramírez Gamarra, has come out publicly for shelving the project in the interests of social peace. “The suspension of the Conga mining project is the best path to follow,” he said. “It will permit us to not only calm the situation, but also to open spaces for dialogue.” Breaking ranks with President Ollanta Humala, he added: “The state of emergency should be lifted; the provinces of Cajamarca, Celendín and Bambamarca cannot remain under a state of exception. This would say much about the proposal for an opening on the part of the Executive.” (El Mercurio, Cajamarca, Aug. 14; RPP, Aug. 7)

In an indication of how high tensions have risen in Cajamarca region, last month the Defense Front for the village of El Tambo, Bambamarca province, announced that the local ronda (peasant self-defense patrol) had captured a youth of 19 years who confessed to having been contracted by the Yanacocha mining company to assassinate the regional president, Gregorio Santos Guerrero, a leading voice in opposition to the Conga project. The young man, whose identity was not revealed, was said to be a member of a criminal band called Los Mudos (the Mute, presumably a reference to not ratting out to the police). The Defense Front said he had been promised 12 million soles ($4.5 million) to kill Santos and other leading mine opponents. (Celendin Libre, July 23)
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Showdown brewing against fracking pipeline in NYC

By Peter Rugh, August 15, 2012. Source: Nation of Change

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There’s a showdown brewing out West, out by the West Side Highway in Manhattan, that is, where Texas-based Spectra Energy Corp. has its finger on the trigger of a whole lot of hydraulically fracked natural gas that it’s just itching to pump into New York City. After months of public hearings, lawsuits and protests a final showdown is culminating; it’s Spectra and their backers versus environmentalists and community members who aim to send the pipeline peddlers packing.

“Hey Spectra,” hollered Monica Hunken, an organizer with Occupy Wall Street’s Direct Action working group, “We’re the new sheriff in town!” The theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly played in the background over a portable speaker system as an Unwelcoming Committee assembled at a boat-shaped playground along the Hudson River on Thursday evening.

Over Hunken’s shoulders the words “Stop Spectra” were emblazoned Bat Signal-style on the big glass windows of the luxury Standard Hotel beside High Line Park. The signal was projected from OWS’s “Illuminator” van in order to shine light on a villain activists say will poison New Yorkers and could blow a crater in the West Village. After gathering together, the Unwelcoming Committee marched along the Hudson and into the Meatpacking District.

The Spectra Pipeline, officially titled The New Jersey-New York Expansion Project, will run from Staten Island, into New Jersey and then across the Hudson to Manhattan, where Gansevoort Street meets the West Side Highway, beside a sanitation pier. It will pump 800 million cubic feet of highly-pressurized, highly-inflammable, carbon-intensive, radon-rich natural gas into New Yorkers’ homes and office buildings on a daily basis.

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Keystone XL pipeline construction begins amid protests

By Kim Murphy, August 16, 2012. Source: LA Times

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Protesters from Tar Sands Blockade unfurl banner at equipment storage site to protest construction of southern segment of Keystone XL oil pipeline. Photo: Tar Sands Blockade / August 16, 2012

The Canadian pipeline company TransCanada has quietly begun construction of the southern leg of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, installing segments near Livingston, Texas, company officials confirmed Thursday.

“Construction started on Aug. 9. So we’ve now started construction in Texas,” TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard told the Los Angeles Times.

The southern section of the pipeline received government approval in July.

The first in a series of protests also was launched Thursday as opponents of the pipeline, designed to eventually carry diluted bitumen from the tar sands of northern Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, unfurled protest banners at two equipment staging yards in Texas and Oklahoma.

“We just wanted to demonstrate that although they might be ready to begin, we would be ready to meet them,” Ron Seifert, spokesman for Tar Sands Blockade, said in an interview.

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