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Tidbits - January 4, 2018 - Reader Comments: Extreme Poverty Returns; GOP Tax Robbery; Bitcoin; Iran; Nuclear Tests; Recy Taylor; High School Protests; Immigrant Rights; Climate Change and the Left; and more....

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Reader Comments: Extreme Poverty Returns; GOP Tax Robbery; Bitcoin; Iran; U.S. Nuclear Tests; Rape of Recy Taylor; Puerto Rico; High School Protests; Yemen; Global Refugees; Cold War history of immigrant rights; Story of Ferdinand; Correction: Subversive Involvement: Chicago and HUAC - Tribute to Dr. Quentin Young; Climate Change and the Left; and more....

Climate Change Meets Mass Incarceration: California's Incarcerated Firefighters

Ryan Harvey and Sammy Didonato Truthout
firefighter fighting blaze The intersection of climate change and mass incarceration is not unique to California, but as the state experiences its deadliest and most destructive year on record for wildfires -- including the second-largest in the its history -- the state's incarcerated firefighter Conservation Camp program has come firmly under the microscope.

Voices from Bonn: System Change not Climate Change

Anna Gyorgy Women and Life on Earth
For delegates in Bonn from Nov. 6-17, the goal was to define and firm up terms and goals of the Paris Agreement, drafted with much fanfare at COP21 in Paris in 2015.

The West in Flames in 2017, a Constant Reminder of Climate Change

Natasha Geiling ThinkProgress
Disastrous wildfires have engulfed the Western US One of the biggest climate stories of 2017, the disastrous wildfires that engulfed the West. Fires burned millions of acres in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and Montana. Then the fires came first to Northern and then to Southern California.

Jeremy Corbyn's Geneva Speech in Full

Jeremy Corbyn Morning Star
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking in Geneva in honor of International Human RIghts Day cited the need to: Build a new social and economic system with human rights and justice at its core. Deliver climate justice and a better way to live together on this planet. Recognise the humanity of refugees and offer them a place of safety. Work for peace, security and understanding. The survival of our common humanity requires nothing less.

Warring Visions of Puerto Rico's Future

Harvey Wasserman The Progressive
Warring visions have now erupted over the energy and economic futures of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.Will the islands become a cutting-edge green-powered solartopia for the benefit of their long-time residents? Or a fossil-fueled robber baron playground like Hong Kong or Singapore, set to operate for the profit of outside corporate investors?

Imagine a Puerto Rico Recovery Designed by Puerto Ricans

Elizabeth Yeampierre, Naomi Klein The Intercept
Much of Puerto Rico still has no power, people are not able to work, students cannot return to school, too many are forced to rely on contaminated drinking water. Under the banner of a “just recovery” for Puerto Rico, thousands have come together to design a bold and holistic plan for the island to be rebuilt as a beacon for a safe, resilient, and thriving society in the era of accelerating climate chaos, spiraling economic inequality, and rising white nationalism.
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