Courts Protect Right to Profit From Destruction

by Julia Conley A week after the European Union announced its withdrawal from the controversial Energy Charter Treaty, which has been criticized for being one of many global agreements that allow fossil fuel companies to sue governments, a coalition on June 6th released an analysis showing just how lucrative such deals have been for firms whose emissions are wreaking havoc on the planet. The Transnational Institute, the Trade Justice Movement (TJM), Power Shift, and the Institute for Policy Studies joined forces to unveil the Global ISDS Tracker, which includes data on more than 1,300 cases that have made their way to secretive tribunals set up …

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Sat, June 15

2016—Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy [R-Calif.] tells colleagues, “I think there’s two people Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” 2006—The Supreme Court rules evidence seized by cops breaking “no knock” rules can be used in court. 2002—Arthur Anderson is convicted of impeding investigation of Enron, G.W.[MD] Bush’s #1 contributor. 1967—Calif. Gov. Ronald Reagan signs a bill liberalizing abortion laws. 1920—A mob of thousands drags three Black circus workers from the Duluth, Minn. jail; arrested for a rape that didn’t happen, they’re lynched. 1917—Woodrow Wilson signs the Espionage Act. Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman are promptly arrested for conspiring to “induce persons not to register” for the draft. …

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A Long and Sordid Tradition

Our former—and perhaps our future—president, after being convicted of 34 felonies, submitted to an interview with his probation officer on Monday. Even Nixon was never made to do that. Ecclesiastes 1:9 says, “…there is no new thing under the sun.” Maybe the Bible is fallible after all. Who’s going to tell Samuel Alito, Mike Johnson, and the rest of the theocrat caucus? We can state with confidence that, in our 267 years, we have never before reported on a tossup presidential election in which one of the top candidates is an habitually bankrupt con artist bearing all the hallmarks of dementia, who has been seen …

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Fri, June 14

2016—Lane Graves, 2, is killed by an alligator at Disney World. In response, Disney installs signs warning that alligators are present. 2004—Timothy Clam opens the door and exits a Bell helicopter, 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon. 2001—Dennis Koslowski throws a $2.1 million party on Sardinia for his wife Karen’s 40th birthday. Half the cost is covered by Tyco International. 1987—Someone torches Epsom, N.H.’s anti-Commie Trojan Horse. 1954—Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill adding “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. 1951—Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-Booze) accuses President Eisenhower and General George Marshall of serving the policies of the Kremlin. 1943—The Supreme Court rules that children …

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Thurs, June 13

2005—Congress apologizes for having failed to pass 200 anti-lynching bills between 1882 and 1968. 1999—In Kosovo, British Lieut. Gen. Mike Jackson refuses NATO Commander Wesley Clark’s orders to take the Russian-occupied Pristina airport, saying, “I’m not going to start the Third World War for you.” 1983—Pioneer 10 exits the solar system. 1971—Because “The Pentagon Papers” cover only the Kennedy and Johnson years, Kissinger and Nixon have a good laugh in the Oval Office. 1968—A U.S. attack helicopter accidentally kills Saigon’s Chief of Police. 1966—The Supreme Court rules that cops can’t make you talk. 1944—News reports say Rep. Francis E. Walter (D-Penn.) gave FDR a letter-opener …

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