Philippine police dismantle anti-mining barricade amid COVID-19 lockdown

Barricade protest at the entrance of OceanaGold’s mining site in Nueva Vizcaya. Source: Facebook page of Alyansa ng Novo Vizcayano para sa Kalikasan. Used with permission. On April 6, 2020, around 100 police personnel escorted fuel tankers owned by OceanaGold (OGPI) into the company’s mining site in Nueva Vizcaya province in the Philippines. The police … Continue reading “Philippine police dismantle anti-mining barricade amid COVID-19 lockdown”

Watch: Are We Vesting Too Much Power in Governments and Corporations in the Name of COVID-19? With Edward Snowden.

The second episode of our new video program, SYSTEM UPDATE, is now available on YouTube. It explores several of the under-discussed components of the coronavirus pandemic and our responses to it, including: Are we vesting too much power in the hands of governments and corporations? Are we allowing our fears to drive our deliberations and choices … Continue reading “Watch: Are We Vesting Too Much Power in Governments and Corporations in the Name of COVID-19? With Edward Snowden.”

Climate Crisis: COVID-19 Cancels COP26, KXL Construction, Trump Big Oil Huddle

Welcome back to TRNN’s Climate Crisis News Roundup. In the coming weeks, this column will focus on the intersection between COVID-19 and the climate crisis. If you have a story you think deserves a spot in the roundup, get in touch with me at steve@therealnews.com or on Twitter at @SteveAHorn. You can read last week’s … Continue reading “Climate Crisis: COVID-19 Cancels COP26, KXL Construction, Trump Big Oil Huddle”

USA. 10 millions de chômeurs en deux semaines, 1169 morts en 24h

Face au Covid-19, les Etats-Unis ont enregistré 1169 morts en 24h entre mercredi et jeudi, soit le bilan le plus haut jamais atteint, auquel s’ajoute une explosion des chiffres du chômage. Pendant ce temps, les capitalistes profitent d’un plan de relance promulgué par Trump. 912 morts le 31 mars, 1049 le 1er avril, 1169 entre … Continue reading “USA. 10 millions de chômeurs en deux semaines, 1169 morts en 24h”

Zoom’s Encryption Is “Not Suited for Secrets” and Has Surprising Links To China, Researchers Discover

Meetings on Zoom, the increasingly popular video conferencing service, are encrypted using an algorithm with serious, well-known weaknesses, and sometimes using keys issued by servers in China, even when meeting participants are all in North America, according to researchers at the University of Toronto. The researchers also found that Zoom protects video and audio content … Continue reading “Zoom’s Encryption Is “Not Suited for Secrets” and Has Surprising Links To China, Researchers Discover”

An Open Letter to My Landlord #CancelRent

We will not be paying rent for April, and we thought we’d let you know why. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Randall, Just to let you know, since we’ve never met, I’m one of your many residential tenants.  I imagine that between you and your corporation, the Randall Group, and then between that and its subsidiary, … Continue reading “An Open Letter to My Landlord #CancelRent”

Kurita Water Industries Announces Merger of Its U.S. Subsidiaries

Apr 01, 2020 Newly formed Kurita America aims to change how water treatment solutions are designed and delivered NAKANO-KU, Japan — Kurita Water Industries, (Kurita), a leading global provider of water treatment products and services, today announced the completion of the merger of its consolidated subsidiaries in the United States, including U.S. Water Services, Inc., … Continue reading “Kurita Water Industries Announces Merger of Its U.S. Subsidiaries”

Growing Xenophobia Against China in the Midst of CoronaShock

On March 25, the foreign ministers of the G7 states failed to release a statement. The United States—the president of the G7 at this time—had the responsibility for drafting the statement, which was seen to be unacceptable by several other members. In the draft, the United States used the phrase “Wuhan Virus” and asserted that … Continue reading “Growing Xenophobia Against China in the Midst of CoronaShock”

A letter from the Embassy of the Slovak Republic

We published a piece about Hungarian-language announcements in California that „Slovakia” was organizing a March 25 non-stop charter flight from Washington DC to Bratislava.  Stranded Hungarian citizens could also buy one-way tickets for 1,100–2,500 EUR depending on travel class and “Slovakia” would also consider charter flights from Florida and California. (Read here) The announcement also appeared … Continue reading “A letter from the Embassy of the Slovak Republic”

Dying Planet and a Virus Unleashed

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair If the coronavirus is life-threatening, and the whole of the USA is in lockdown, the speed of its arrival and impact should at least remind us of the fragility of life — not just for our own species but on the planet itself. Of course, Donald Trump disbanded the White … Continue reading “Dying Planet and a Virus Unleashed”

BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging India’s Democracy

It was only a matter of time before the anti-Muslim sentiment in India turned violent. A country that has historically prided itself on its diversity and tolerance, and for being ‘the largest democracy in the world’ has, in recent years, exhibited the exact opposite qualities – chauvinism, racism, religious intolerance, and, at times, extreme violence. … Continue reading “BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging India’s Democracy”

Coronavirus and the Collapse of Our Imaginations

Right now, millions of people throughout North America and Europe are living through an unprecedented situation and making unprecedented demands. Formerly meek white-collar workers content to schlep to and from the office every day are demanding the right to telecommute. Blue-collar workers told they are essential are demanding raises- here in Washington, our grocery workers … Continue reading “Coronavirus and the Collapse of Our Imaginations”

Ford Temporarily Suspends Production in India, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam in Response to Coronavirus

Mar 23, 2020 Vehicle and engine temporary production suspension began at Ford’s International Markets Group (IMG) manufacturing sites Saturday, March 21 Production suspensions will vary market by market; expected to last a number of weeks depending on pandemic situation, national restrictions, supplier constraints and dealer stock requirements Ford continues to prioritize the safety of its … Continue reading “Ford Temporarily Suspends Production in India, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam in Response to Coronavirus”

The Political Uses of Pandemic

Photograph Source: Michael Kowalczyk – CC BY 2.0 Crisis has long had political uses for ruling groups. As I wrote in a piece for CounterPunch in 2015, elites and their intellectual courtiers often manufacture crises themselves, though what sociologist Stanley Cohen called ‘the amplification of deviance’ (or blowing things utterly out of proportion). Where not … Continue reading “The Political Uses of Pandemic”

A Modest Proposal: Instead of Saying Tribal, Let’s Say Christian

David Brooks, competitor with Thomas Freidman for the title of the New York Times sophist-in-chief, dropped this phrase into his painfully superficial column on the coronavirus on Friday, March 20, “All those tribal us-them stories don’t seem quite as germane right now.” There it is again: tribal. “Is the Slide Into Tribal Politics Inevitable?” was … Continue reading “A Modest Proposal: Instead of Saying Tribal, Let’s Say Christian”

Climate Crisis: COVID-19 Hits Mass Transit, Aviation, Fossil Fuel Industry

Welcome back to TRNN’s Climate Crisis News Roundup. There’s probably no need to say it, but this week was no ordinary one. The coronavirus pandemic has already made day-to-day life far different than it was just a week ago. In the coming weeks, this column will increasingly focus on the intersection between COVID-19 and the … Continue reading “Climate Crisis: COVID-19 Hits Mass Transit, Aviation, Fossil Fuel Industry”

The Great 5G Hype

President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson share much in common – a similar appearance, a showman’s presence, conservative (if not racist) beliefs, a nationalist ideology, reputed extramarital affairs and support for Brexit. However, their mutual affection hit the wall in late January over 5G – “Fifth Generation” – broadband technology when the … Continue reading “The Great 5G Hype”

Under Capitalism, Every Plague Has a Silver Lining

Photograph Source: Dan Zen – CC BY 2.0 However grave the calamity, someone will see it as a way to make a buck. COVID-19, which the World Health Organization declared as a global pandemic on March 11, is no exception. Forget about human misery. The private sector and the Trump Administration see the coronavirus as … Continue reading “Under Capitalism, Every Plague Has a Silver Lining”

UK with 1,500 COVID-19 cases advises against travel to Kenya with less than 15

London, March 16, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The British government has updated its travel advice, telling its citizens to avoid “all but essential travel” to Kenya #kenya The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the whole country. More details: https://t.co/SmiVdS9kD5— FCO travel advice (@FCOtravel) March 16, 2020 READ ALSO: KENYAN MAN ARRESTED FOR PUBLISHING FAKE NEWS … Continue reading “UK with 1,500 COVID-19 cases advises against travel to Kenya with less than 15”

India Lobbies to Stifle Criticism, Control Messaging in U.S. Congress Amid Rising Anti-Muslim Violence

On August 5, the Hindu nationalist government of Narendra Modi moved to fully integrate Jammu and Kashmir into India, ending 70 years of the Muslim-majority region’s semiautonomous rule previously guaranteed under the Indian Constitution. To preempt an inevitable backlash, the Indian government deployed thousands of additional troops to what is already the most militarized zone in the … Continue reading “India Lobbies to Stifle Criticism, Control Messaging in U.S. Congress Amid Rising Anti-Muslim Violence”

New US documentary features Orbán’s institutionalized antisemitism in Hungary

Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations is a new documentary film just released in theatres in the US.  The film includes segments focusing on the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, anti-Semitism in the UK Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn, anti-Semitic attacks in France and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s institutionalized anti-Semitic propaganda. The film director Andrew Goldberg says … Continue reading “New US documentary features Orbán’s institutionalized antisemitism in Hungary”

“The flowers are blooming, and the hope is dawning”: Fosun donates 22,000 pieces of medical protective supplies to South Korea

Mar 07, 2020 Picture:  HONG KONG, March 6, 2020 — After a simple and warm donation ceremony, the first batch of 22,000 pieces of medical protection supplies donated by Fosun has officially transferred to Seoul Metropolitan Government. The donation made in the name of Fosun Foundation to support their local anti-epidemic works. It is Fosun’s … Continue reading ““The flowers are blooming, and the hope is dawning”: Fosun donates 22,000 pieces of medical protective supplies to South Korea”

What Might Happen If We Thought of Other Animals as People?

The Aybi (Buluwai), Garbil (Yidiny), or White Ibis (English) © Colin Bushell Photography. (In memory of Lilly) The common condition of humans and animals is not animality but humanity. – Eduardo Viveiros de Castro The part of the city I live in is frequented by Ibis birds. They are large, mainly white, with a long, … Continue reading “What Might Happen If We Thought of Other Animals as People?”

To Save Our Climate We Need Taller Trees Not Taller Wooden Buildings

Old-growth Sitka Spruce forest, Blind Slough, Knappa, Oregon. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. To many of us working at the intersection of forest conservation and climate stability recent opinions and news coverage of proposals to fill our cities with tall wooden buildings presents not a stirring vision of sustainability but a nightmarish scenario of a land base increasingly scarred by … Continue reading “To Save Our Climate We Need Taller Trees Not Taller Wooden Buildings”

Cronyism and Conflicts of Interest in Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force

Alex Azar, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, admitted Wednesday that a vaccine for the coronavirus might not be affordable for all Americans. “We can’t control that price,” Azar told Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) during a Congressional Hearing about the virus, which has been spreading throughout the world and is widely expected to become … Continue reading “Cronyism and Conflicts of Interest in Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force”

Why We Sued Trump’s BLM Over Its Sagebrush-Juniper Burning Project in Montana

It’s no secret that Trump has no respect for and continually attacks, the judicial system.  As the old saying goes, “the fish rots from the head” and the rot has now reached the Bureau of Land Management, which is ignoring a federal court order to analyze cumulative impacts to wildlife on a huge sagebrush-juniper burning project … Continue reading “Why We Sued Trump’s BLM Over Its Sagebrush-Juniper Burning Project in Montana”

Surviving the Onslaught of Fracking in Argentina

  Marisol Sandoval, a resident of Sauzal Bonito. Photographer: Eduardo Carrera AÑELO, Neuquén Province, Argentina—With each new tremor felt in the tiny village of Sauzal Bonito, the old adobe houses rattle, creating new cracks in walls and floors. Although a chronic sense of anxiety looms, Marisol Sandoval and her neighbors have grown accustomed to this … Continue reading “Surviving the Onslaught of Fracking in Argentina”

Regime Media This Week: More Power to Elites, Russia Invading Ireland, Putin Fears Bernie, Regime-Change Iraq Again

It is a strange world we live in. At least, it is if you live in the world of political commentary. I don’t know if it was always this odd, or it’s just me getting old and cynical, but it feels as if it gets more and more unhinged every year. This week in particular … Continue reading “Regime Media This Week: More Power to Elites, Russia Invading Ireland, Putin Fears Bernie, Regime-Change Iraq Again”

Trump limoge le patron du renseignement pour « manque de loyauté »

Le président nord-américain vient d’annoncer le remplacement de Joe Maguire, directeur du renseignement par intérim. Selon plusieurs médias, le président des États-Unis n’aurait pas apprécié qu’il évoque une ingérence russe dans la campagne électorale de 2020. Depuis qu’il a été acquitté par le Sénat, Donald Trump procède à une épuration au sein de son entourage. … Continue reading “Trump limoge le patron du renseignement pour « manque de loyauté »”

A Treatise on Trinities

Back in the days of Thatcherism I watched a journalist interview a Conservative MP on British television. The MP had the wind in his sails and the journalist was decidedly in the doldrums. That was a scene often to be repeated. With an arrogance which we became accustomed to the MP, I can’t recall his … Continue reading “A Treatise on Trinities”

AFDB gives Moroccan youths a new future in agriculture

London, Feb. 18, 2020 (AltAfrica)– In Morocco, the African Development Bank has helped thousands of young people towards a new future in agriculture Thousands of young Moroccans backed by AFDB are flocking to farming , motivated by Morocco’s new agricultural policy, ‘the Green Morocco Plan’ (PMV). READ ALSO: EU ENDS ANTI-SMUGGLER MISSION ON MEDITERRANEAN SEA … Continue reading “AFDB gives Moroccan youths a new future in agriculture”

Mayor Mike, Worse Than Mayor Pete

Photograph Source: Gage Skidmore – CC BY 2.0 The good news out of New Hampshire was, of course, that Bernie Sanders won – not by much, but by enough to leave no doubt as to who the winner was. There was more good news as well: Joe Biden, the former king of the moderates, is … Continue reading “Mayor Mike, Worse Than Mayor Pete”

How Bernie Sanders Became a “Fighter” for Palestine

Photograph Source: Shelly Prevost – CC BY 2.0 With the Democratic primary in full swing, the outlines of public debate are pretty much entrenched. Common wisdom on the left says that all of the candidates are bad on Palestine except for Bernie Sanders.  Despite some problems, pundits declare, Sanders is still the best. Is the … Continue reading “How Bernie Sanders Became a “Fighter” for Palestine”

World War III’s Newest Battlefield: the Arctic

In early March, an estimated 7,500 American combat troops will travel to Norway to join thousands of soldiers from other NATO countries in a massive mock battle with imagined invading forces from Russia. In this futuristic simulated engagement — it goes by the name of Exercise Cold Response 2020 — allied forces will “conduct multinational … Continue reading “World War III’s Newest Battlefield: the Arctic”

PTW Announces Flagship India Studio in Bangalore

Feb 11, 2020 Picture:  PTW launches new site in Bangalore to scale to meet clients’ needs, foster employees’ quality of life, and meet evolving technology needs SAN FRANCISCO– PTW, the industry-leading video games and tech services outsourcer, today announced the opening of their new India flagship studio in Bangalore. PTW is a long-time industry leader … Continue reading “PTW Announces Flagship India Studio in Bangalore”

Digital Art Exhibit “ETERNAL”, Inspired by Japanese Culture and the Concept of Time, Was Exhibited at Haneda Airport

Feb 10, 2020 Picture:  TOKYO — The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan is holding a new initiative called the “Japanese cultural media arts dissemination initiative in airports and other institutions” for inbound tourists. Overview of Exhibition at Haneda Airport Date & Time: 11:00-20:00, Saturday, February 1 to Friday, February 7, the second year … Continue reading “Digital Art Exhibit “ETERNAL”, Inspired by Japanese Culture and the Concept of Time, Was Exhibited at Haneda Airport”

Roaming Charges: When Satan Quotes Scripture

Satan Spills the Plagues, William Blake. + The caucus system has been fetishized by the political pundit class for decades as an example of small state “town hall” style democracy in action. In fact, they’re anti-democratic, often controlled by party bosses, where, lacking secret ballots, people bullied into voting with the mob. Less than 10 … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: When Satan Quotes Scripture”

Realizing ‘Just Transitions’: The Struggle for Plant Conversion at GM Oshawa

On November 26, 2018, General Motors announced a number of plant closures in North America, the largest of which is in Oshawa, Ontario. The Oshawa facility, once the largest auto complex on the continent, was to end all its assembly … The post Realizing ‘Just Transitions’: The Struggle for Plant Conversion at GM Oshawa appeared … Continue reading “Realizing ‘Just Transitions’: The Struggle for Plant Conversion at GM Oshawa”

Roaming Charges: The Steal of the Century

Street mural, East Hollywood. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + An impeached president meeting in the White House with a Prime Minister indicted for corruption and bribery to pitch a giant land swindle in the Middle East, which they market to a gullible press as a “peace plan.” Is there a more precise image for the … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: The Steal of the Century”

Brecht, Lotte Lenya and Kurt Weill

Bertold Brecht put Marxist collectivism and dialectical materialism into his art as few other Western writers. His avidness for money? No matter. The German poet-playwright belied any doubts about his ultimate goals: ed-u-ca-tion of the people. Education in Socialism. The existence of thirty volumes of Brecht’s works will bewilder people who limit his art to … Continue reading “Brecht, Lotte Lenya and Kurt Weill”

Vietnamese communications provider Stringee puts its flexible APIs on the global stage

Jan 31, 2020 Picture:  HANOI, Vietnam, Jan. 31, 2020 – Vietnam’s communications programming platform Stringee is targeting to expand its flexible application program interfaces (APIs) to North America and Australia, less than a year after the company closed in a Pre-Series A investment round. Stringee is Vietnam’s largest communications programming platform providing voice/video calls, SMS … Continue reading “Vietnamese communications provider Stringee puts its flexible APIs on the global stage”

Media Has Nothing to Say as Firefighters Battle Police in France

Truncheons rain down on fallen protestors as masked, black-clad riot police brutalize firefighters striking in full uniform, looking distinctly similar to their peers in the police, except that they are not carrying weapons. That was the scene that few in the world saw this week, as media largely ignored firefighters joining the months-long nationwide protests against … Continue reading “Media Has Nothing to Say as Firefighters Battle Police in France”

How smuggled weapons from Libya, Turkey fuel Nigeria’s farmer-herder conflict-Study

London, Jan. 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Weapons that have been used in inter communal violence that has killed thousands of people in northern Nigeria have been trafficked from Ivory Coast, Libya and Turkey, according to a new report by the Conflict Armament Research group. smuggled weapons from Libya, Turkey fuel Nigeria’s farmer-herder conflictFighting between farmers and semi-nomadic … Continue reading “How smuggled weapons from Libya, Turkey fuel Nigeria’s farmer-herder conflict-Study”

One Year into “Remain in Mexico,” the U.S. Is Enlisting Central America In Its Crackdown on Asylum

It was the gunshots that did it. Leonardo had received death threats from a criminal gang extorting money from the little store run out of his family’s home on the eastern outskirts of San Salvador, and he stayed. But when the words progressed to bullets, he knew it was time to leave. “They shot at … Continue reading “One Year into “Remain in Mexico,” the U.S. Is Enlisting Central America In Its Crackdown on Asylum”

Flax in West Coast Fibersheds: Updates from Field to Mill

Two groups on the West Coast, Chico Flax in the Sacramento Valley of California and Fibrevolution in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, are now leading the revitalization of the flax textile industry in the region. Groups in other regions of North America, such as the Cleveland Flax Project in the Rust Belt Fibershed, are also doing this work.

Jumio Authentication Wins 2020 BIG Innovation Award

Jan 27, 2020 First-to-market video selfie authentication solution honored for replacing passwords, fighting account takeover fraud PALO ALTO, Calif.– Jumio, the leading provider of end-to-end identity verification and authentication solutions, today announced its Jumio Authentication solution was named a winner of the 2020 Business Intelligence Group (BIG) Innovation Award. Jumio Authentication, the first-to-market video selfie … Continue reading “Jumio Authentication Wins 2020 BIG Innovation Award”

Cuba: a Matter of Principle

Think tanks in the United States and Cuban researchers agree on one thing: the policy of more sanctions and the extension of the U.S. blockade will not change the socialist course of Cuba. In the case of the island, punishment produces the exact opposite of weakness. It has been that way for more than 60 years … Continue reading “Cuba: a Matter of Principle”

Black Desert Wins the Best MMORPG in 2020 in Global Markets

Jan 27, 2020 Picture:  SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 27, 2020 – Pearl Abyss today announced that Black Desert, enjoyed by 10 million users in over 150 countries, has won the title of best MMORPG of 2020 in several major countries across North America and Europe. Germany’s largest games media platform Mein-MMO selected Black Desert as … Continue reading “Black Desert Wins the Best MMORPG in 2020 in Global Markets”

How NAFTA 2.0 Boosts Fossil Fuel Polluters, Particularly in Mexico

Halsey, Oregon. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. NAFTA 2.0 cleared another hurdle on January 16 as the U.S. Senate approved the trade deal with bipartisan support. Officially called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the pact has some improvements but remains a handout to large corporations. This is particularly evident in the USMCA rules related to investor … Continue reading “How NAFTA 2.0 Boosts Fossil Fuel Polluters, Particularly in Mexico”