ILLUSTRATIONS: A map showing some of the countries in which the United States has interfered in the political process (grabbed from Geology.com). Below: U.S. CIA Director John O. Brennan, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candid… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say
While it is yet too early to tell how the new Trudeau government will handle the environmental and climate change file, early indications are promising. Minster Catherine McKenna has said that with regard to future pipeline proposals, assessments will be “based on science” and ensure Canadians can participate in the hearings. During the campaign, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Sordid Story
The kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls by Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, also known by the Hausa name Boko Haram, happened over a month ago. By now a percentage of these girls are likely dispersed… transported across the porous Nigerian border into Chad, Cameroon and Niger where Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and other . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Hashtag hypocrisy: #on the other hand my husband orders drone strikes that have killed hundreds of kids
Richard Hughes Political Blogger
I have been caught napping over the degree and scope of the “Fracking” being done and projected in North Eastern BC. It is easy to lose focus, I mean it is way up there somewhere.
Never mind the stories, accusations, suspicions, fears that follow and precede “Fracking” operations. It . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: It is a Long Fracking Road From Heaven To Shell!
Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) dropped a bombshell early this week, unveiling documents pertaining to the Royal Dutch Shell Oil 2008 Bodo oil pipeline spill.
The documents indicate that the Shell spill released 60 times the amount of oil Shell had originally reported in the . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: 2008 Shell Nigeria Oil Spill 60 Times Larger Than Originally Claimed
The debate over flaring unconventional oil and gas in shale basins across the United States has suddenly heated up immensely (excuse the bad pun).
On March 27, the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economy (CERES) penned a letter calling for an end to the practice, writing,
We are a group of 37 investors, representing . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Investors: No More Flaring of Fracked Oil and Gas in Bakken Shale
John Baird has never been one of my favourite politicians. There is too much of the bully about him. Nonetheless, I applaud him for his speech Monday in the UK in which he criticized other Commonwealth nations for denying fundamental freedoms to homosexuals and others. “Dozens of Commonwealth countries currently have regressive and punitive laws . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Bully for you, Minister Baird
Damned if we do, damned if we don't – this is the CliffsNotes version of the ongoing Keystone XL pipeline debate. President Barack Obama recently halted TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project, which would bring tar sands crude, or dilluted bitumen ("dilbit") from Alberta, B.C. through the heart of the U.S., to Gulf Coast . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Demise of Keystone XL Means More Bakken Shale Gas Flaring
The federal Conservative Party—who re-affirmed an official party policy to ban same-sex marriage in Canada only 6 months ago—has issued a strong condemnation toward Nigeria for a draconian law that punishes same-sex wedding participants with up to 14 years in jail.
Well, that’s a tad severe of Nigeria, wouldn’t you say? I may have . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Tories Condemn Nigerian Anti-Gay Bill
Through his blog on Monday, English business magnate Sir Richard Branson urged everyone with influence in Nigerian affairs to help stop the country’s discriminatory anti-gay bill from being legislated: “Too sad to comprehend that Nigeria are passing a law in this day and age to put gay people in prison just for being gay. . . . → Read More: gay persons of color: Richard Branson calls on influential figures to fight Nigerian anti-gay law
A Nigerian bill, opened for debate this month, will jail anyone who has—or bears witness to—a same-sex marriage ceremony in the country. According to the Nigerian senate website, the bill would forbid the “coming together of persons of same sex with the purpose of living together as husband and wife or for other purposes of […] . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Nigeria Proposes Jail Time For Same-Sex Marriage