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"How is it possible that the most intellectual creature to ever walk the planet Earth is destroying its only home?"
––Jane Goodall

Where does your plastic go? Global investigation reveals America’s dirty secret
by Erin McCormick, Bennett Murray , Carmela Fonbuena , Leonie Kijewski, Gökçe Saraçoğlu , Jamie Fullerton, Alastair Gee and Charlotte Simmonds, © The Guardian
June 17, 2019

What happens to your plastic after you drop it in a recycling bin?
According to promotional materials from America’s plastics industry, it is whisked off to a factory where it is seamlessly transformed into something new.
This is not the experience of Nguyễn Thị Hồng Thắm, a 60-year-old Vietnamese mother of seven, living amid piles of grimy American plastic on the outskirts of Hanoi. Outside her home, the sun beats down on a Cheetos bag; aisle markers from a Walmart store; and a plastic bag from ShopRite, a chain of supermarkets in New Jersey, bearing a message urging people to recycle it.

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"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed."
––Mahatma Gandhi

Trump’s Trade Threats are Really Cold War 2.0
by MICHAEL HUDSON, © Counterpunch
June 14, 2019

President Trump has threatened China’s President Xi that if they don’t meet and talk at the upcoming G20 meetings in Japan, June 29-30, the United States will not soften its tariff war and economic sanctions against Chinese exports and technology.

Some meeting between Chinese and U.S. leaders will indeed take place, but it cannot be anything like a real negotiation. Such meetings normally are planned in advance, by specialized officials working together to prepare an agreement to be announced by their heads of state. No such preparation has taken place, or can take place. Mr. Trump doesn’t delegate authority.

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"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."
––William Shakespeare

Trump’s War on Science is Grounds to Impeach
by Basav Sen, © The Progressive
June 12, 2019

Since the earliest days of the Trump Administration, we’ve heard how Trump and his allies may have covered up evidence and obstructed investigations into Russiagate and other improprieties. Unsurprisingly, this has led to calls for the President’s impeachment.

But there are other, more serious forms of obstruction that haven’t generated anywhere near as much attention, despite potentially catastrophic consequences for the country and the world. And the most dangerous of these has been the Trump administration’s near-constant war on science.

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"Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."
––Cree Indian Prophecy

U.S. Rushes to Blame Iran for Tanker Attacks as Much of World Pushes for Diplomacy
© Democracy Now
June 14, 2019