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actions & protests | imperialism & war 26-Jul-2014 19:48

VIDEO: A die in protest in front of Sen Wyden's office - PDX 7.21.14

From the open publishing newswire: A large group of people gathered outside of Sen. Wyden's office on Monday in Portland to protest the US involvement and support of Israel. After a couple speeches many folks laid down on the sidewalk (Die In) to simulate all those being killed in Gaza with US taxpayers money.

A die in protest in front of Sen Wyden's office in NE Portland Oregon on Monday at 1:30 in the afternoon.
This protest was to demand and end to US aiding Israel in attacking the people of Palestine.
Sen. Wyden and 100 other Senators approved a bill to help fiancé the recent attack on the Palestinian people with US taxpayers money.

 http://youtu.be/5y0GlRA7Luw [video 17 min]

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actions & protests | immigration 23-Jul-2014 22:51

Video - No Immigration Amnesty is protested at Portland Ore. Mexican Consulate, July 18

From the open publishing newswire: A protest by March for America attracted a couple proponents in front of the Mexican Consulate on July 18 2014 in Portland Oregon. Only a couple people were there to protest the No Amnesty idea. The couple dozen other people who were at the Consulate were anti-protesters who were there in solidarity of immigrants rights and human rights and to stand united against the rise of unjust immigration laws.

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actions & protests 23-Jul-2014 22:39

Video: Portland Stop Bombing Gaza Rally

From the open publishing newswire: July 12, 2014, Portland Oregon rally in support of the people of Gaza. Rally at Pioneer Square featuring four speakers and music by David Rovics.

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Updated 6.13. 08-Jun-2014 10:54

The Shortwave Report 06/06/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Post: 6/13/14

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, the Voice of Russia, NHK World Radio Japan, and Spanish National Radio.

Dear Radio Friend, The latest Shortwave Report (June 6) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, the Voice of Russia, NHK World Radio Japan, and Spanish National Radio
From GERMANY- Prosecutors in Germany will go forward and investigate the NSA tapping of Chancellor Merkel's cellphone, and Edward Snowden will be questioned. British Prime Minister Cameron warned that the UK might leave the EU if Jean-Claude Juncker becomes President of the European Commission. President Obama announced plans to spend a billion dollars boosting US military presence in Europe.
From CUBA- Kiev stepped up fighter jet attacks on the eastern Ukraine, with accusations that they are using cluster bombs. The NSA released a single email sent by Edward Snowden questioning the legality of its spying program- Snowden says his sent many before he released documents to the press.
From RUSSIA- The US Department of Energy is missing a deadline for the removal of nuclear waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory because of "radiological health concerns." There was a radiation leak at the so-called permanent underground storage facility in Carlsbad, so barrels of plutonium waste are being stored above ground in Texas and New Mexico.
From JAPAN- The operators of the Fukushima nuclear power plants say that there are more leaks of radioactive water from storage tanks. In the days before the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre China strengthened its control of media both domestic and foreign. The Chinese government was angered by stronger Japan/US ties over disputes in the South China Sea. John Kerry denounced the election in Syria as "meaningless," while the White House says it is looking forward to Egypt's President-elect Sisi.
From SPAIN- Lawmakers in the Basque region of Spain adopted a declaration of self-determination, similar to the sovereignty claim made in Catalonia. The Spanish king has abdicated his throne leading to protests against the perpetuation of the monarchy. On the eve of the election in Syria, rebels launched rocket attacks on government controlled areas killing at least 50 people. A Greenpeace ship arrived in the Arctic where a Norwegian firm is set to drill for oil. President Abbas swore in a Palestinian Unity government in a reconciliation with Hamas.

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actions & protests 26-May-2014 10:45

Video: Global March Against Monsanto

From the open publishing newswire: Selected speakers, photographs and video from the Portland Oregon Global March Against Monsanto, Saturday, May 24, 2014

Global March Against Monsanto
Quick edit of the day's earlier events.

First speaker is one of the Aztec dancers who kicked off the event with a dance. This is followed by an organizer in the recent success to ban GMO's in Jackson and Josephine counties in southern Oregon.

The video clip finishes with a segment of the march through downtown Portland.

About 8 1/2 minutes in length.

Global March Against Monsanto

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actions & protests | human & civil rights | imperialism & war 26-May-2014 10:37

Video: CLOSE GITMO - Portland Protest - May 23 2014

From the open publishing newswire: On May 23rd of last year, President Obama again promised to close the detention facility at Guantánamo, One year later in Portland Oregon, Amnesty International USA Group 48 with Veterans For Peace chapter 72.and  http://www.closegitmo.net organized a noon rally in downtown Portland at Director Park. This years gathering in Portland on 5.23.14 was part of a National Protest and was documented on Portland Indymedia.
Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo and End Indefinite Detention

Not Another Broken Promise! Not Another Day in Guantanamo!
 http://youtu.be/O2VndzktW9M [15 minute video]

Around 45 people gathered in the rain at Directors Park to bring awareness that GITMO prison in Cuba needs to close.
The group passed out flyers and small orange ribbons, sang protest songs and marched around the park with signs and banners, engaging in conversations and informing the public. The protest was organized by: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) Social Justice Committee for First Unitarian Church. Veterans For Peace in Portland

A few park rangers looked over the protest from afar, no police showed up, while lots of kids and people watching from the covered seating area.

Currently there are 150 men still imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.

Many of the "prisoners" have been proven innocent, yet still remained locked up in spite of being cleared of any crimes.

A flyer that was passed out provided phone numbers to call to oppose the illegal actions going on in GITMO:

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Updated 5.23 04-May-2014 22:23

The Shortwave Report 05/02/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Posts: 5/9/14 | 5/16/14 | 5/23/14 | 5/23/14

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK World Radio Japan,The Voice of Russia, Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (May 2) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom

This week's show features stories from NHK World Radio Japan, Spanish National Radio, the Voice of Russia, Radio Havana Cuba, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.
From JAPAN- A Japanese envoy called on world powers to hold nuclear disarmament negotiations. Taiwanese police fought with 3000 anti-nuclear power protestors. A Japanese panel is listening to citizen criticism of the disposal of nuclear waste. The US and Philippine government reached a 10 year agreement on shared military bases and troop stationing- China is critical of the pact. John Kerry condemned Russia, accusing it of escalating the crisis in Ukraine. Kiev's temporary government has admitted it has lost control of the eastern sections of the country. The International Monetary Fund has approved billions of dollars of loans to the temporary government of Ukraine to prevent defaulting to western banks.
From RUSSIA- An interview with the co-director of the International Action Center on the Russian response to the sanctions imposed by the US and EU- Russia is accused of not doing enough to quell the chaos in Ukraine.
From SPAIN- The US has expanded sanctions on Russians with President Obama threatening actions against banks. 20 years ago the US military was forced to leave its bases in the Philippines because of popular protest, making the new military agreement a significant shift. From CUBA- Brazil has created its own internet framework with more democratic and transparent access. In Egypt, huge riots have broken out between students and police.
From GERMANY- A judge has recommended the death penalty for the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 682 of his supporters- Germany has called for a repeal of the death sentences. Doctors Without Borders is reviewing whether or not it can remain in the Central African Republic. The UN has warned that the situation in South Sudan is heading toward catastrophe.

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actions & protests 04-May-2014 22:14

Video: Oregon Rep. Blumenauer Supports Cannabis Legalization

From the open publishing newswire: Oregon Rep. Blumenauer addresses the crowd in Portland Oregon on May 2, 2014, during the Global Cannabis March.

Blumenauer hits all the important points about the failed and terribly expensive War on Drugs, or rather, the War on Some Drugs.....expensive both financially and in lives interrupted and ruined.

Rep. Blumenauer Speaking About Cannabis

Blumenauer speaks about attempts to pass more positive legislation, the hardships cannabis prohibition work on people who would benefit from this medication, and many other topics relevant to this important theme.

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bikes/transportation | corporate dominance 24-Apr-2014 20:58

TriMet's Double-Standards

From the open publishing newswire: I realize this may not be the place, But I feel I have little other choice but to put TriMet on Blast. Anyone who still insists that this is the "best" public transit agency in America either owns stock with them, are paid to propagate such LIES, or are simply lying to themselves!

How [else] can I address an issue concerning TriMet?

On Tuesday March 25th 2013 I attempted to purchase a 7-day pass from a ticket machine at Pioneer Square. I was paying with cash. But the machine suddenly canceled the transaction without giving me my money back. It did NOT give me my pass, either. I had no choice but to ride home illegally on an expired pass that night (we all know how much TriMet despises fare cheats).

I contacted TriMet the following day and told them what happened. Several days later they sent me a letter telling me that a "reconciliation" had been performed on that machine, but they claimed there was no excess currency and thus, would not reimburse me. I called their CS again and it turns out they had gotten the date wrong. I gave them the correct date on which the incident had occurred and was told I would be contacted. I was not. After waiting patiently for more than a week, I called them back again. I was told the same thing and that I would not be reimbursed my $26, nor given a pass.

The so-called "customer service" rep. I spoke to on the phone "suggested" that next time,[...]

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corporate dominance | environment 24-Apr-2014 20:53

Videos: Coal Trains and Tar Sands - Impacts on The Pacific Northwest. Two Video Lectures

From the open publishing newswire: Two lectures filmed at WSU on the impact of the proposed oil and coal terminals and the transporting of carbon products through the Northwest to Asia:

(1) "4.10.14 Climate impacts of the proposed fossil fuel export facilities in the Pacific NW"
(2) "2.6.14 Tar Sands Threats to the Northwest WSU Lecture by professor Ian Urquhart"


Watch video on YouTube here:  http://youtu.be/GEKeG7qPKxA [Video 1 hour 10 minutes] Eric de Place, Climate and energy expert gives a public lecture at WSU on 4.10.14.
De Place spearheads Sightline's work on climate and energy policy and is a leading Northwest expert on strategies to cut carbon pollution. He writes extensively about coal and oil exports, and is considered an authority on a range of issues connected to fossil fuel transport, including carbon emissions, railway congestion, coal dust, water pollution and economics.

 http://youtu.be/ANtE6R8enJE [video 1. hour 42. minutes] "2.6.14 Tar Sands Threats to the Northwest WSU Lecture by professor Ian Urquhart"
FREE Public Lecture presented by WSU Center for Social and Environmental Justice: Tar Sands Threats to the Northwest - Canada's Tar Sands: Destination Anywhere?
WSU 2.6.14 Lecture by professor Ian Urquhart

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actions & protests | corporate dominance 26-Mar-2014 21:07

Video: Fast Track Is A Flop!

From the open publishing newswire: Rally at the offices of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, the new Finance Committee Chair, encouraging him to not introduce a new version of Fast Track that could sneak the job-killing Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement through Congress without meaningful debate or amendments.

Fast Track Is A Flop! [video] Fast Track is an obsolete, undemocratic process that needs to go the way of the dinosaurs!

Organized by Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, the rally was moderated by Elizabeth Swagger and featured two speakers who spoke about TPP from the perspective of small business and displaced high tech workers.

Following the rally, Elizabeth and others entered the building and sought to deliver thousands of floppy disks signed by citizens opposing both the TPP and Fast Track.
During that interval various citizens took the bull horn and addressed the crowd addressing the Trans Pacific Partnership effects on national sovereignty, jobs, the environment, cost of life saving medicines, as well as several others.

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No LNG! 26-Mar-2014 10:48

LNG Opponents Call on Kitzhaber to Protect the State’s Rivers and Ratepayers

From the open publishing newswire: Medford, OR - Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) took the long-expected step of granting a conditional export license to the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Oregon... The Jordan Cove project calls for building an export terminal at Coos Bay on the Oregon coast, which would allow liquefied natural gas to be exported overseas. The terminal would be supplied by a proposed 235-mile-long pipeline, called the Pacific Connector, which would cross privately and publicly owned lands in southern Oregon and connect to existing pipelines running north-south from British Columbia to California.

Susan Jane Brown, staff attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center, explained the context for the decision. "DOE did not attempt to address the myriad environmental issues with the project," she said. "Instead, other state and federal agencies will examine Jordan Cove's compliance with numerous laws, and ultimately, the federal courts will ensure that the project won't destroy the waters, wildlife, and public lands that Oregonians cherish. We believe it is clear that the LNG terminal and pipeline will harm our natural resources and that the projects should not proceed."

Send YOUR opposition letter to Gov. Kitzhaber
http://rogueriverkeeper.org

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updated 3.28.14 06-Mar-2014 17:03

The Shortwave Report 03/07/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Posts: 3/14/14| 3/21/14 | 3/28/14

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK World Radio Japan, the Voice of Russia, Radio Havana Cuba, and Spanish National Radio.

This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, Spanish National Radio, and the Voice of Russia.

The latest Shortwave Report (March 7) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom [...]

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed: http://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

From GERMANY- The UN has formally accused Syrian rebels groups of crimes against humanity. The new Egyptian Prime Minister has outlined his priorities in the run up to presidential elections. The head of the Egyptian military, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, announced his candidacy. A court in Egypt has banned the Palestinian movement Hamas from operating in the country. The Israeli government has plans to force ultra-orthodox Jews into military service. The Israeli military seized 300 rockets that they claimed were from Iran destined to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip- Iran denies involvement. Venezuela has broken all political and diplomatic ties with Panama.
From CUBA- There were large public gatherings in Venezuela to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Hugo Chavez- during the ceremonies President Maduro and Bolivian President Morales denounced the attempted coup. A US drone strike killed at least 3 people in Yemen- last week the European Parliament voted overwhelming to condemn drone strikes and to ban extrajudicial killings. More than 14,000 Afghan troops have been killed in the US-led war.
From JAPAN- North Korea fired 7 rockets into the Sea of Japan while South Korea and the US carried out joint military exercises. The US Defense Department says it will shift its army-centered structure to air and naval power with an eye on China and Iran. Japan and France plan to work together to advance breeder technology nuclear power plants, despite strong public opposition.
From SPAIN- First a Spanish Press Review on the prospects for war in Ukraine. Then hosts discuss the events in Ukraine.
From RUSSIA- An interview with Professor Jack Rasmus from St Marys College in California about the influence of Ukraine's economy on the events leading up to the political turmoil- and how the bailout money will go to Western banks, not Ukrainians.

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