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Sea Shepards Activists Taken Hostage by Japanese Whalers

Two Sea Shepard's activists that boarded a Japanese whaler were taken hostage while delivering a letter to the ship's captain calling on them to stop the illegal killing of whales. The two were detained by the crew of the Yushin Maru No 2 and according to the Sea Shepards, tied to the radar mast and assaulted by the crew. Taken hostage on the high seas? Sounds like terrorism to me. State and corporate sponsored terrorism, that is. Regardless, the hostages have been freed. From Sydney Indymedia: "After three days being held hostage on the Yushin Maru...

Bad News Day for Massey

Two bits of bad news for coal giant Massey Energy 1. Massey agreed to pay $30 million for lootin' and pollutin'. "The country's fourth-largest coal producer, Massey Energy Co., has agreed to a $30 million settlement with the government over allegations that over seven years it routinely polluted hundreds of streams and waterways in West Virginia and Kentucky with sediment-filled waste water and coal slurry." 2. And the controversy over the Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court, and sitting judge on a Massey related lawsuit, vacationing with Massey CEO Don Blankenship has led to the...

2007. A rough year for coal - 59 plants cancelled!

Ahh, 2007. What a year. The iPhone made its debut (got one). The Harry Potter series comes to an end (never read a single one). Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, OJ Simpson, Kid Rock, and Senator Larry Craig all went to jail. (As did I, but for the climate, not driving drunk or bathroom kink). Al Gore won a Nobel Prize for the climate (but, we still think he should be in jail). But Fox news has forgotten to mention that in 2007, all our organizing has started to pay off on the fight against coal-fired...

Take action for food sovereignty on January 26th

On Saturday, January 26th, the Rainforest Agribusiness campaign will be joining hundreds of thousands of people across the world in a day of action being called by the World Social Forum. Along with Via Campesina--a global farmers' movement that represents over 100 million farmers around...

EBASE Pressures OfficeMax to Support Moratorium in Grassy Narrows

RAN's international day of action for Indigenous rights is gaining steam! As of today, January 16, activists in 27 cities in the United States and Canada are planning actions at their local OfficeMax and Grand & Toy locations to demand that the companies publicly...

EBASE Pressures OfficeMax to Support Moratorium in Grassy Narrows

RAN's international day of action for Indigenous rights is gaining steam! As of today, January 16, activists in 27 cities in the United States and Canada are planning actions at their local OfficeMax and Grand & Toy locations to demand that the companies publicly...

EBASE Pressures OfficeMax to Support Moratorium in Grassy Narrows

RAN's international day of action for Indigenous rights is gaining steam! As of today, January 16, activists in 27 cities in the United States and Canada are planning actions at their local OfficeMax and Grand & Toy locations to demand that the companies publicly...

Woodlark Island will not be destroyed for palm oil!

About a month ago, I wrote about the tragedy of Woodlark Island, where 70% of the island was going to be converted into a monoculture palm oil plantation. Well, great news came to us yesterday, from our friends at Mongabay.com : Vitroplant, the company responsible for the planned development, has pulled the project! For now, at least, 60,000 ha on the island are safe. Here's the whole story. Vitroplant pulled the project after a variety of organizations, including mongabay.com, ecological internet, and bloggers, including the Rainforest Action Network, brought international attention to the Woodlark community's fight. To me, this is an example of the everyday change and victory that we are working to see. In order to pressure the ABCs of Rainforest Destruction, the biggest and the baddest of the agribusiness world, we need to be working together to put pressure on all oil palm companies...

Saving Mr. Splashy Pants

More evidence on direct action getting the goods. Update on the story I blogged last week. Greenpeace is reporting that they have disrupted the Japanese whaling fleets slaughter of 1,000 whales "by chasing the fleet's whale processing factory ship out of the whaling zone." Thus ending this season's whale hunt in the southern seas. The Greenpeace Vessel the Esperanza reportedly scattered and turned back the six vessel processing fleet by "heading toward them at high speed." The Japanese have said that Greenpeace's actions are illegal and the world should stop treating them as heroes. Anyone preventing the murder of a 1,000 whales -legal or illegal- is a HERO in my book. Good on ya, Greenpeace!

Dominion Resources: Global Warming Starts Here

On the front page of it's website, Wise County Virginia's is called "The Safest Place on Earth," yet Dominion Resources' plan to build a coal-fired power plant -which will accelerate global warming, mountaintop removal mining, the construction of new transmission lines, and the poisoning of our air and water- doesn't sound too safe for the residents of Wise County. The plant will emit over 5.6 million tons of carbon dioxide every year (roughly the equivalent of 30,000 new cars on the road) and cost $1.6 billion. Large portions of Wise county have already been strip-mined (I've heard as much as 25%). The process of mountaintop removal is essentially coal companies dropping bombs on mountains through out the local area. What exactly is their definition of "safe"? Currently a coalition of groups have banned together in opposition to the Wise County plant. They are...

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