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Women’s Walk for Peace Across Demilitarized Zone Advocates Peace Treaty Between North and South Korea

MP3 Interview with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink Women for Peace, conducted by Scott Harris

koreaA group of 30 international women activists crossed the Demilitarized Zone from North Korea to South Korea on May 24 in a symbolic effort to diminish the enmity between these two nations that have been divided for 70 years. Although the Korean War ended in 1953 with the signing of an armistice agreement, no final peace settlement has been negotiated between the North and South, which remain officially at war.  Story continues

Protesters Demand Federal Energy Commission Stop Rubber-Stamping Gas Industry Projects

MP3 Interview with Sydney Grange, Warren Wilson College student, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

fercFrom May 21 to 29, about 200 people from all over the eastern U.S. participated in protest actions called Stop the FERCus!, which was organized by the group Beyond Extreme Energy. Climate activists protested each morning outside the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. FERC was the target of protests because the agency has approved almost all corporate applications seeking permits for interstate fracked gas pipelines, polluting compressor stations, gas storage facilities and liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals. The rush to drill, transport and burn “natural” gas through the resource-intensive and dangerous practice of fracking is putting communities and families at risk all over the country. Climate activists believe natural gas is a dangerous climate killer, because the main component of natural gas is methane, which has 86 times more impact on global warming than does carbon dioxide.  Story continues

Presidential Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders Champions Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street

MP3 Interview with Jean Ross, registered nurse and a co-president of the National Nurses United union, conducted by Scott Harris

robinhoodtaxVermont‘s independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders launched his campaign for president twice, once in Washington on April 30 and more recently in Burlington, Vermont on May 26, the city where he served as mayor from 1981 to 1989. In a speech to more than 5,000 supporters on the shores of Lake Champlain, Sanders discussed the serious challenges he says are facing the country, and offered an “Agenda for America” calling for “specific proposals to provide bold solutions.”  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • The Gates Foundation has bankrolled drives to combat HIV/AIDS and the right to sanitation. At the same time, the Gates Foundation is heavily invested in fossil fuels and petrochemicals including big stakes in Shell and British Petroleum. (“Residents blame Durban oil refineries for health problems,” Guardian, May 26, 2015)
  • The town of Missoula, Montana, which inspired the novel “A River Runs Through It,” has gone to court to gain control over the local water utility, Mountain Water Company, which is owned by the global asset management firm the Carlyle Group. (“A privatized river runs through it,” In These Times, May 19, 2015)
  • In a quiet suburb outside of Cincinnati, Ohio sits the law office of David Langdon, one of the most secretive political dark money players in the U.S. today. (“Meet the dark money phantom,” Center for Public Integrity, May 26, 2015)

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