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Fwd: CC News Letter, 19 Dec - A Proposal For Wellbeing Of The Entire Earth System

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A Proposal For Wellbeing Of The Entire Earth System
 Proposals developed by the Plurinational State of Bolivia

The proposals developed by the Plurinational State of Bolivia bring together and build upon the progress made in the World Charter for Nature (1982), the Rio Declaration (1994), the Earth Charter (2000), and the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth (2010)

The Four Occupations Of Planet Earth
 By Tom Engelhardt

As the fifth occupation of planet Earth -- when they stand their ground and chant "We exist!" in anger, strength, and wonder, maybe then we can really tackle climate change and hope it isn't too late

'Brutal Logic' And Climate Communications
 By David Roberts

"When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas. It would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of the universe for this size group to reach the majority. Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame."

New Photos Released Of Iraq Atrocity,
 With Documents And Video
 By David Swanson

U.S. Army Ranger John Needham, who was awarded two purple hearts and three medals for heroism, wrote to military authorities in 2007 reporting war crimes that he witnessed being committed by his own command and fellow soldiers in Al Doura, Iraq. His charges were supported by atrocity photos which, in the public interest, are now released in this video. John paid a terrible price for his opposition to these acts. His story is tragic

Must We Adore Vaclav Havel?
 By Michael Parenti

Havel called for efforts to preserve the Christian family in the Christian nation. Presenting himself as a man of peace and stating that he would never sell arms to oppressive regimes, he sold weapons to the Philippines and the fascist regime in Thailand. In June 1994, General Pinochet, the man who butchered Chilean democracy, was reported to be arms shopping in Czechoslovakia – with no audible objections from Havel

OPEC Says, 'Don't Count On Us' For More Supply
 By Gail Tverberg

The results of OPEC's latest meeting to set oil production quotas were announced this morning. Instead of production targets for individual countries, a group production ceiling of 30 million barrels a day was set. This amount is a bit less than OPEC produced in November 2011

Real Wealth: Howard T. Odum's Energy Economics
 By Rex Weyler

An introduction to Howard T. Odum's Energy Economics

Christmas Is No Time To Talk About War And Peace
 By Jim Rigby

Maybe stopping the frenzy of Christmas long enough to really hear the song the angels sang to the wretched of the earth, would give us the humanity to stop hanging our Christmas lights until we no longer kill our brothers and sisters for the fuel to illumine them

Migrants' Rights Are Human Rights!
 Take Local Police Out Of Immigration Enforcement
 By Bill Quigley & Sunita Patel

Unfortunately, this year the United States' treatment of migrants has been dismal. Nearly 400,000 people have been deported, often without adequate due process. Anti-immigrant and xenophobic laws have been passed in state legislatures of Alabama, Arizona, South Carolina, and Utah. The US has increased fear and isolation in our migrant communities

Once Vidal's Dauphin, Now Cosmic Stardust!
 By Sean Fenley

An obituary for Christopher Hitchens

2011, A Year Replete With Revolts,
 Uprisings And Occupation
 By Farooque Chowdhury

Uprisings, revolts and occupation are keeping their undeniable marks on 2011. In recent times, a year with so much and so wide protests from periphery to world metropolis are rare. In this crises-ridden period, the competition-charged, tumultuous year saw status quo questioned and challenged

Memogate Scandal Escalates In Pakistan
 By Abdus Sattar Ghazali

President Asif Ali Zardari returned to Pakistan Sunday apparently after assurances from the Army Chief General Ashfaq Kiyani that he will not be implicated in the so-called Memogate scandal that has destabilized Zardari's US-installed government

Fear Of Police Killed Many In Hooch Tragedy
 By Sukant Khurana, Ph.D. & Brooks Robinson

Poor people are afraid to seek police help or report a crime, leave alone go to them when they have actually broken the law. The recent hooch tragedy in West Bengal in which 171 people died is a glaring example of the sorry state of the police force

Global Movement To Create A
 Nonviolent World Launched
 By Robert J. Burrowes

On 11 November 2011, the 93rd anniversary of the armistice of World War 1, a new movement to end human violence was launched around the world. 'The People's Charter to Create a Nonviolent World' was launched simultaneously in Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines and the United States and has already gained signatories in eighteen countries

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