Doug Grant, 65 from San Francisco, CA, says, “Having worked for years for Exxon, I know how enticing it is to want to develop the Alberta Tar Sands, but it’s just wrong; wrong for the folks who live near the surface mines and toxic ponds, wrong for the landowners who are coerced under duress into contracts or taken to court to have their homes stolen from them, and just wrong for the climate.”
Newly posted subway station ads that have incited city-wide anger over what many are calling a “racist” message, continue to stir controversy as a protest is called for tomorrow’s MTA meeting.
Writer and political activist Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian-born U.S. citizen, was arrested yesterday in the Times Square station after attempting to spray-paint over one of 10 ads that refer to jihad as “savage.”
Armed with a video camera, Pamela Hall, a Manhattan woman, put herself between Eltahawy and the ad in an attempt to prevent her from defacing it. Undeterred, Eltahawy warned Hall to get out of the way or get sprayed. She then sprayed paint at Hall when she refused to move. After the heated confrontation continued, Eltahawy was handcuffed by two police officers who stayed quiet when she demanded to know why she was under arrest.
Eltahawy was in court this morning on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief, according to her Twitter account. Meanwhile, Hall uploaded her video of the confrontation to YouTube.
The International Action Center, an anti-war group, is planning to stage a protest against the ads, which remain in 10 Manhattan subway stations, at tomorrow’s MTA board meeting.
“This week the MTA issued another slap in the face to its riders,” the IAC said in a statement. “As if the new round of fare hikes weren’t enough, it carried racist, anti-Muslim ads in ten NY subway stations.”
Protesters climb trees to halt XL pipeline construction
September 25, 2012
A group standing on tree platforms and branches attempted on Monday to head off work in northeast Texas for the southern portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Stationed as high as 80 feet above the ground on land near Winnsboro, eight protesters held a banner reading “You Shall Not Pass” as they waited in the path of contractors for TransCanada, which is building the pipeline.
Protesters did not disrupt any work Monday, but they were in the planned route of crews clearing foliage and trees for the pipeline, TransCanada spokesmanDavid Dodson said.
What TransCanada calls the Gulf Coast Project is the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline proposed to carry crude from Canadian oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
The federal government has not approved the northern leg from Alberta into the United States, which requires a State Department OK because it would cross an international border. In rejecting a permit earlier this year, the government said the plan needed more study.
Dodson said easements similar to ones for water and electric lines allow TransCanada to build on private property.
Ron Seifert, a spokesman for activist group Tar Sands Blockade, said the protesters were in position on the easement.
“Those participating strongly believe that at this point doing nothing is a much greater risk than taking action,” Seifert said. “They believe that stopping this pipeline is a necessary condition for a viable future on planet Earth.”
Monday evening, Tar Sands Blockade reported on its website that the tree-clearing work finished for the day before reaching what the group called its “tree village.”
Demonstrators argue that TransCanada’s pipeline will boost an especially energy-intensive and environmentally damaging form of oil production in Canada, Seifert said. The pipeline also will bring more fossil fuels to the market, increasing greenhouse gas emissions from cars and other users, he said.
“It will unleash the floodgates to the largest carbon bomb in North America,” Seifert said.
1930’s Teen Delinquents
Making the rounds today is a piece up at the Guardian in which a former top CIA terrorism official admits the obvious: that the drone war if overly broad, kills too many civilians, provokes anti-American hatred, and could inadvertently create terrorist safe havens.
Now Robert Grenier, who…
During Bush’s entire presidency, there are approximately 45 Drone strikes in Pakistan.
In the first year of Obama’s presidency (2009), there were 53. Since then, Obama has ordered 202 additional air strikes in Pakistan.
On Wednesday, the pentagon chief admitted that we are at war with Pakistan.
WORDS IN THE CITY
London-based Artist/Rogue urban poet, Robert Montgomery hijacks advertising space to put up these often thought-provoking statements. I love how his bio explains the intent…” they are intended to be encountered by commuters that don’t know they are art, and an attempt to describe in public space what it feels like to live now”.