Bias Towards Power *Is* Corporate Media ‘Objectivity’: Journalism, Floods And Climate Silence By David Cromwell
17 February 2014 — Media Lens
The key to what is precisely wrong with corporate journalism is explained in this nutshell by the US commentator Michael Parenti:
‘Bias in favor of the orthodox is frequently mistaken for “objectivity”. Departures from this ideological orthodoxy are themselves dismissed as ideological.’
17 January 2014 — Greanville Post
Some recent evidence in the contest between capitalism and the earth:
In October, the U.S. officially edged past Russia as the world’s largest producer of oil and gas, an achievement largely due to the great increase in natural gas production through hydraulic fracturing of shale (fracking). Inasmuch as the process puts into the ground (and groundwater) 40 gallons of up to 600 chemicals in every well, no one doubts that it is one of the dirtiest and most polluting industries ever created.
Capitalism 1, Earth 0. Continue reading this...
7 January 2014 — Monthly Review
[This article is an expanded and slightly altered version of a keynote address under the same title presented to the Marxism 2013 Conference in Stockholm on October 20, 2013. That address built on ideas introduced in the author’s Rosa Luxemburg Lecture, “The Great Rift,” presented to the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung in Berlin on May 28, 2013.]
26 November 2013 — Media Lens
The devastation wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has led to heart-wrenching scenes of human suffering, with the death toll now put at over 5,000 and likely to rise still further. Yeb Sano, the head of the Philippines climate delegation, gave a moving speech at the UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, linking the typhoon to global warming, and then went on a hunger strike which would last, he said, ‘until we stop this madness’.
29 May 2013 — Media Lens
Sometimes we get so sick of the phrase ‘history in the making’ that the brain tends to switch off. What is it this time?, we sigh. A new high-tech piece of military technology that will boost US killing power? A big jump in a newspaper’s online advertising revenue? The world’s best footballer, Lionel Messi, joining ‘an exclusive list of adidas athletes to have their own signature product’? Sometimes the ‘history’ in question only stretches back a few years, maybe a century or two. Only very occasionally, if the claim is truly deserved, does it stretch back to the earliest era of written records.
28 August 2011 — Climate and Capitalism
28 August 2011
- Native American and Canadian First Nations join civil disobedience to stop tar sands pipeline
- Deadly Irene Politics: Climate Change and Prisoners Abandoned
- John Bellamy Foster: ‘Capitalism cannot respond to climate change’
27 August 2011
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Broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough presents the 2011 RSA President’s Lecture.
The dangers facing the earth’s ecosystems are well known and the subject of great concern at all levels. Climate change is high on the list. But there is an underlying and associated cause — population growth.
21 February, 2011 — Climate and Capitalism
- 21/2/11 – Canada Plans to Export More Death By Asbestos
- 16/2/11 – 4 Degrees Hotter: The Adaptation Trap
- 15/2/11 – Mohawk Communities Condemn Nuclear Waste Shipments
Ecuador Court Rules Against Chevron, Issues $8 Billion Fine
Video: Climate Justice Declaration from World Social Forum 2011
Canada’s Drive to Kill U.S. and European Clean Energy Policies
This is what plutonomy looks like, 2
- 13/2/11 – Declaration of the Assembly of Social Movements, WSF/Dakar
- 12/2/11 – Why good capitalist decisions mean ecological suicide
Ecosocialist Resources, 26
- 10/2/11 – Journal reviews ‘The Global Fight for Climate Justice’
- 8/2/11 – This is what plutonomy looks like
Who’s Blocking U.S. Action on Climate Change?
- 3/2/11 – Biology’s Bomb: Graphing ‘Explosive’ Population Growth in Cold War Textbooks
- 1/2/11 – Ecosocialist Resources, 25
7 February, 2011 — IPS
WORLD SOCIAL FORUM: ‘Signs of Change’ Says Bolivia’s Morales as World Social Forum Opens
Thandi Winston and Souleymane Faye*
DAKAR, Feb 6 – Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Dakar on Sunday to mark the start of the annual World Social Forum. Activists carried colorful banners denouncing land grabs, restrictive immigration laws, agricultural subsidies in Europe and the U.S. and many other issues.
13 December, 2010 — IPS
CLIMATE CHANGE: Emissions Punted to Durban, Breakthrough Seen on Forests
Stephen Leahy* – IPS/TerraViva
CANCÚN, Mexico, Dec 11 – If success is measured by delaying difficult decisions, then the Cancún climate meeting succeeded by deferring crucial issues over financing and new targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the next Conference of the Parties meeting a year from now in Durban, South Africa.
“If Cancún delivers nothing, or not much, then the UN process is in danger.” So said Connie Hedegaard, the European commissioner for climate action, ahead of the UN-sponsored climate change summit taking place in Mexico through December 10. The negotiations are known as COP-16, short for 16th Conference of the Parties. What does the “16” stand for? If you’re a freshman in college this year, you were probably alive, but still an infant, when the first international climate talks took place 16 years ago.
In other words, the world’s governments have been negotiating for more than half a generation. And what progress has there been in those intervening years?
25-29 November, 2010 — Climate and Capitalism
- 29/11/10 – Video: Capitalism is a doomsday machine
- 29/11/10 – Eyewitness Report: Tar sands tailings are poisoning muskeg and First Nations community
- 29/11/10 – How the Alberta tar sands work
- 29/11/10 – Climate scientists: One billion people will lose their homes
- 27/11/10 – Video: The Rights of Pachamama
- 25/11/10 – UN: Emission Promises Won’t Stop Dangerous Climate Change
10 November, 2010 — Climate & Capitalism
An important new study concludes that reducing population growth will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There is less here than meets the eye
Can a computer model prove that population growth is an important cause of climate change? An October 11 press release from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) says yes.
Headed Population change: another influence on climate change, the release says that IIASA researchers have found that “a slowing of … population growth could contribute to significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” Following the UN’s lowest plausible population growth path could, all by itself, “provide 16 to 29 percent of the emission reductions thought necessary to keep global temperatures from causing serious impacts.”
If true, this would be an important breakthrough, and it would give immense credibility to those in the climate crisis movement who argue that one of our main goals should be improved birth control services for Third World women. Two prominent populationist groups in the U.S. have already published a policy brief making citing this study in support of their views.
But there is less here than meets the eye.
25 October, 2010 — Climate & Capitalism
22/10/10 – Bill Maher: Global warming is not a debate
19/10/10 – Global inequality by the numbers
19/10/10 – ANNOUNCEMENT: Subscribing to C&C
18/10/10 – Richest nations aim to wreck climate talks
18/10/10 – Electric Evasion: The Great Green Car Con
18/10/10 – A Tale of Two Oil Spills
15/10/10- Is climate change good for Canada?
8 October, 2010 — Climate and Capitalism
New pamphlet calling for ‘One Million Climate Jobs’ will be launched at the House of Commons, 6pm Thursday 14 October.
NEWS RELEASE (October 8, 2010) The economic crisis threatens to destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of workers. Already, in towns and cities across Britain there are too few available jobs for those looking for work .
We also face a worsening environmental crisis. Increasingly scientific evidence is demonstrating that climate change is not only a reality, having the potential to wreck havoc on the lives of people across the globe, costing economies billions of pounds. Inaction, as Sir Nicolas Stern argued in 2006 could risk ‘losing at least 5 percent of global GDP each year, now and forever’ .
The solution is to create climate jobs. At its 2010 Congress in Manchester, the Trades Union Congress called for the creation of ‘1 Million Green Jobs’ to solve the economic and environmental crises.
This jobs – in renewable energy, refitting buildings, public transport, industry and education are the key to drastically reducing emissions of Greenhouse gases and helping avoid irreversible climate change.
The ‘Million Climate Jobs’ pamphlet has sold thousands of copies across the Trade Union movement, receiving the backing of the PCS, TSSA, UCU and CWU unions. Its editor, Campaign Against Climate Change international secretary, Jonathan Neale said ‘Austerity plans that sack people won’t solve the problem of mass unemployment. Fine words won’t solve the environmental crisis. We need to create new jobs and put people to work doing what must be done to save the planet from climate catastrophe’.
Chris Baugh, Assistant General Secretary of the PCS added ‘With the government intent on imposing austerity measures to make us pay for the economic crisis, the campaign for one million climate jobs aims to build mass support for a real alternative that puts people and the planet first.’
Caroline Lucas MP, John McDonnell MP, Chris Baugh (PCS) and Jonathan Neale will speak at a launch meeting for the updated and expanded ‘Million Climate Jobs Now’ pamphlet at 6pm on Thursday 14th October 2010, Committee Room 10, House of Commons.
For further information please contact Martin Empson (Campaign Against Climate Change) on 079 585 35231 or Richard Simcox (PCS press officer) RICHARD@pcs.org.uk
More information from contacts above or www.climate-change-jobs.org
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28 September, 2010 — MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media
THE SUNDAY TIMES INTERVIEWS TUC LEADER BRENDAN BARBER
In a despairing article in the Guardian last week, George Monbiot described the true extent of the failure to respond to the threat of climate change. Beyond all the bluster and rhetoric, Monbiot wrote, “there is not a single effective instrument for containing man-made global warming anywhere on earth.” It is, quite simply, “the greatest political failure the world has ever seen”.
“Greens are a puny force by comparison to industrial lobby groups, the cowardice of governments and the natural human tendency to deny what we don’t want to see.” (George Monbiot, ‘Climate change enlightenment was fun while it lasted. But now it’s dead’, Comment is Free, 20 September, 2010; www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/20/climate-change-negotiations-failure)
The lobby groups are indeed powerful. But the notion of government “cowardice” is a classic liberal herring – the problem has always been the government +alliance+ with corporate power, not its “cowardice”.