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We start off this issue of Green Politics with Don Fitz’s ‘You want to ration my what?’ This interview with Stan Cox about his latest book on rationing explores rationing as a means to stop an environmental collapse.

Another original piece on secret trade agreements through the Transpacific Partnership with Monsanto sitting at the table, but with no input from Congress.

Also in this issue there is an interesting analysis of the coup in Egypt by a respected Oxford scholar who is also the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Along with these articles you will find ones on Syria and spying on activists in Pennsylvania.

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You Want to Ration My What?

by Don Fitz

When Stan Cox’s Losing Our Cool questioned America’s fetish on air conditioning in 2010, some very nasty comments reached his inbox. An agricultural researcher at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, Cox is not one to back down from saying what needs to be said. He pokes a cow most sacred with the May 2013 release of his book, Any Way You Slice It: The Past, Present and Future of Rationing.

Growth fanatics could sizzle out of their skillets when they hear that environmental sanity might require something even more dreadful than limiting consumption. The mother of all horrors — are you ready for it? — is that a sustainable world just might be one where humans get equal shares of what they need.

I talked with Cox the day after Slice It was released.

Q. Why do you think that rationing is necessary to stop environmental collapse?

A. Avoiding collapse will mean cutting back deeply on our exploitation of fossil fuels and other resources. There’s climate disruption, but there’s much more as well. At least one-quarter of all plant growth and freshwater flow on Earth is captured and used every year by our species. In a high-profile 2009 paper, a group of 29 scientists from seven countries defined nine “planetary boundaries” within which humanity could “operate safely.” Their conclusions were pretty grim. Levels of carbon dioxide, ozone, nitrogen, sea-organism loss, freshwater resources, soil erosion, species extinction, and industrial chemicals show that we have either already breached, or are on the way to breaching, all of the Earth’s critical boundaries.

I always stress that rationing cannot just be plugged into the economy and reverse that destruction. Rather, it is something that we will find necessary if we actually succeed in controlling and reversing the growth of resource consumption and ecosystem destruction. Once we achieve that, it will set in motion the need for rationing. We will have made a lot of things more scarce. Scarcity will bring inflation and a need to control prices. After that, there will be a need for explicit rationing, which people would find far preferable to lining up outside of shops and squabbling over scarce goods.

Continue reading interview with Stan Cox

Trans-Pacific Partnership and Monsanto

by Barbara Chicherio

Woman holding poster saying Evil Seed Corporate Greed Something is looming in the shadows that could help erode our basic rights and contaminate our food. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has the potential to become the biggest regional Free Trade Agreement in history, both in economic size and the ability to quietly add more countries in addition to those originally included. As of 2011 its 11 countries accounted for 30% of the world’s agricultural exports. Those countries are the US, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Viet Nam. Recently, Japan has joined the negotiations.

Six hundred US corporate advisors have had input into the TPP. The draft text has not been made available to the public, press or policy makers. The level of secrecy around this agreement is unparalleled. The majority of Congress is being kept in the dark while representatives of US corporations are being consulted and privy to the details.

The chief agricultural negotiator for the US is the former Monsanto lobbyist, Islam Siddique. If ratified the TPP would impose punishing regulations that give multinational corporations unprecedented right to demand taxpayer compensation for policies that corporations deem a barrier to their profits.

Continue reading about TPP

Dissent or Terror: New Report Details How Counter Terrorism Apparatus Was Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide

by PRWatch staff

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MADISON, WI -- DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy today released the results of a year-long investigation: "Dissent or Terror: How the Nation's Counter Terrorism Apparatus, In Partnership With Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street."

The report, a distillation of thousands of pages of records obtained from counter terrorism/law enforcement agencies, details how state/regional "fusion center" personnel monitored the Occupy Wall Street movement over the course of 2011 and 2012. Personnel engaged in this activity at fusion centers include employees of municipal, county and federal counter terrorism/homeland security entities. Such entities include local police departments, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (including U.S. DHS components such as the Transportation Security Administration).

Continue reading at PRWatch.com

10 Problems with the Latest Excuse for War

by David Swanson in WarIsACrime.org

Colin Powel lying about anthrax in Iraq

If you own a television or read a newspaper you've probably heard that we need another war because the Syrian government used chemical weapons.

If you own a computer and know where to look you've probably heard that there isn't actually any evidence for that claim.

Below are 10 reasons why this latest excuse for war is no good EVEN IF TRUE.

1. War is not made legal by such an excuse. It can't be found in the Kellogg-Briand Pact, the United Nations Charter, or the U.S. Constitution. It can, however, be found in U.S. war propaganda of the 2002 vintage. (Who says our government doesn't promote recycling?)

Continue reading at WarIsACrimeorg

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by Tariq Ramadan at his website

Egyptians throng streets in support of army-backed revolt The Egyptian army has not returned to politics for the simple reason that it has never left. The fall of Hosni Mubarak was a military coup d’État that allowed a new generation of officers to enter the political scene in a new way, from behind the curtain of a civilian government. In an article published on June 29 2012 I noted an Army high command declaration that the presidential election was temporary, for a six-month to one-year period (its title made the premonition explicit: “An election for nothing?”). The American administration had monitored the entire process: its objective ally in Egypt over the past fifty years has been the army, not the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The latest revelations (see the International Herald Tribune , July 5, and Le Monde, July 6) confirm what was already clear: the decision to overthrow President Mohamed Morsi had been made well before June 30. A conversation between President Morsi and General al-Sisi indicated that the head of the country’s military had planned the overthrow and imprisonment of the president weeks before the popular upheaval that would justify the military coup “in the name of the people’s will.” A clever strategy! Orchestrate demonstrations involving millions of people in order to make believe that the army truly cares about the people! Coup d’État, second act.

Read the full article by Tariq Ramadan on his website.

Spying on Anti-Fracking Activists

An Anadarko repesentative recommends gas industry to download the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Manual for lessons and insight into the anti-drilling movement, which he characterized as an "insurgency", according to this below-referenced article of 6.5 pages by Adam Federman, on how the government-industrial complex spies on the environmentalists. The primary examples are taken from Pennsylvania.

Read "We're Being Watched: How Corporations and Law Enforcement Are Spying on Environmentalists" at Earth Island Journal

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