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BP will pay out $7.8bn (£5bn) to settle a lawsuit with thousands of individuals from the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, under an agreement reached late on Friday night.
The settlement, announced by Judge Carl Barbier, was reached just ahead of Monday’s trial in a New Orleans court.
The trial, already delayed by a week to allow extra time for negotiations, has been postponed again.
With one major settlement achieved, BP will probably redouble its efforts to reach a deal with the federal government over fines related to the spill. Read the rest of this entry →
By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch
This piece originally appeared at TomDispatch.
In the American mind, if Apple made weapons, they would undoubtedly be drones, those remotely piloted planes getting such great press here. They have generally been greeted as if they were the sleekest of iPhones armed with missiles.
When the first American drone assassins burst onto the global stage early in the last decade, they caught most of us by surprise, especially because they seemed to come out of nowhere or from some wild sci-fi novel. Ever since, they’ve been touted in the media as the shiniest presents under the American Christmas tree of war, the perfect weapons to solve our problems when it comes to evildoers lurking in the global badlands. Read the rest of this entry →
Unions are still grappling with how to organize the unemployed, including their own ex-members, into a political force.
Wrenching testimonies from laid-off workers are overflowing the internet, crying out from the pages of policy reports, and popping up in commercial media. But unions are still grappling with how to organize the unemployed, including their own ex-members, into a political force.
Department of Labor figures for December showed 13.1 million unemployed and actively looking for work, almost half of them for more than six months. Another 8.1 million were working part-time involuntarily, and 2.5 million were too discouraged to look for work.
Unfortunately, unions don’t do a good job of organizing this vast pool, said Tom Lewandowski, who spent nine years on layoff from GE starting in 1975.
Now, as president of the Northeast Indiana Central Labor Council in Fort Wayne, he’s leading an effort to survey unemployed workers, watchdog the county’s economic development, and demand accountability from the unemployment office for laid-off workers struggling to navigate the system. Read the rest of this entry →
Honduras’s National Front for Popular Resistance (FNRP) gathered in Tegucigalpa February 11-12 to launch a political party. The name, “Liberation and Re-foundation Party (Libre),” is timely: Honduras is mired in catastrophe.
Its murder rate is the world’s highest. Political violence, crime, militarization, poverty, malnutrition, drug trafficking, and police corruption are overflowing. Landowner thugs kill family farmers; the two-year toll of murdered journalists is 13. The economy shrunk 2.1% in 2009. On February 14 a prison fire killed 350 mostly uncharged and untried inmates. Most died behind doors the police didn’t unlock. Read the rest of this entry →
Government offers humanitarian aid and security assistance in the hope of a stake in country’s future energy industry
Britain is involved in a secret high-stakes dash for oil in Somalia, with the government offering humanitarian aid and security assistance in the hope of a stake in the beleaguered country’s future energy industry.
Riven by two decades of conflict that have seen the emergence of a dangerous Islamic insurgency, Somalia is routinely described as the world’s most comprehensively “failed” state, as well as one of its poorest. Its coastline has become a haven for pirates preying on international shipping in the Indian Ocean. Read the rest of this entry →
Are the people of Greece being set up “economic hitman” style and could the US be one of the next victims? About seventy-five of us gathered Friday February 17 at 101 Market Street in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, our home-base. Green signs dotted the sidewalk with messages such as “IMF out of Greece” and “The people of Greece are sovereign.” Cars, buses and trolleys passed by, some honking in support. But today was different than a typical Friday evening at OccupySF, because a speaker from Greece, Maria, stood with a megaphone describing the economic tragedy that Is unfolding for the Greek people, “Children are fainting in schools due to lack of food…this austerity package sets up the country for privatization where the people will have to sell off their water, their sewage, their telecommunications and their natural resources which includes coal and oil. It will lead to the country’s resources being pillaged.”
As we munched on delicious Greek dolmas donated by a local Café, an Occupy speak-out began on the plight of Greece, and some of our homeless occupiers exhibited knowledge of economics far surpassing the average US citizen. Mike spoke about the involvement of Goldman Sachs in the derivative swaps that set the country up for failure, and how the signing terms of the austerity measures “literally sell off Greek democracy to private banks and corporations.” Rob spoke about the parallels with Iceland, a great example of what should happen, and how Wiki-leaks releases showed the corruption and fraud of the bankers, prompting the Icelandic people to denounce the debt. “We need to prosecute these bankers and get our sovereignty back,” he said. Derek spoke about how we need alternative structures such as a time-bank/skill-share system to challenge the currency-based system so people can take direct responsibility for what their actions produce, and Nick, a Veteran for peace compared the oppression of the Occupy movement which led to the breaking of his ear-drum by police, to the oppression of the people in Greece. Read the rest of this entry →
List of Demands of the Government and BP as a result of the BP oil Disaster:
- Revoke the arbitrary cut off dates to file claims: No limit on the filing of claims.
- Free public health clinics should be set up in every community impacted by the disaster to facilitate the treatment of those impacted by the chemical poisoning.
- The people demand a full and public trial of BP. No settlement! All evidence associated with this trial, documents, tests of marine and human life, and reports should be accessible to the public. We demand full transparency of the government and BP.
- The people demand a fair and just outcome of the BP trial, nothing less than 100% compensation for human and marine losses suffered as a result of BP and the government’s criminal negligence and full and ongoing rehab of gulf waters and wetlands.
- Ban the use of dispersants, including Corexit. Facilitate the use of green technology to rehab the gulf and wetlands. Facilitate the use of green technology to rehab the gulf and wetlands.
- Full disclosure by the U.S. government, BP and NALCO, the company that manufactures Corexit, as to how much Corexit has actually been in the Gulf of Mexico.
- NALCO should be held accountable for damages to marine and human life for the use of Corexit.
- Seize assets of BP and put them under public control. Those assets will be used toward compensation, health care for all poisoned by the chemicals, green rehabilitation of the Gulf waters and beaches, retraining of oil field workers offer green jobs and fair and just compensation for loss of jobs, and development and production of green energy and technology.
- Manage and regulate the oil industry under a democratically elected council of workers, community members and environmental planners.
- Massive investment into a public works program to develop and move toward clean, renewable energy and public transpiration to create millions of union jobs and move towards green energy, and end our dependence on fossil fuels.