Statewatch News Online, 11 July 2017 (08/17)

11 July 2017 — Statewatch

SPECIAL: The European Commission asked Italy to draw up a “Code of Conduct” for NGOs carrying out search and rescue in the Mediterranean:

See full-text of:Code of Conduct for NGOs involved in migrant’s rescue operation at sea (pdf)

All NGOs operating in the Med are required to sign and obey the Code:

“Failure to sign this Code of Conduct or failure to comply with its obligations may result in the refusal by the Italian State to authorize the access to national ports, subject to compliance with the existing international conventions.”

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Black Agenda Radio 11 July 2017

11 July 2017 — Black Agenda Report

Black Agenda Radio for Week of July 10, 2017

1. U.S. War Crimes Against “Muslims of Color”
2. Black Is Back Coalition to Gather in Chicago
3. Mumia Remembers Franz Fanon
4. A Challenge to Rwandan Dictatorship
5. New York’s Pacifica Station Resists Empire (State Building)
Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: one hour.

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Europe says no to glyphosate!

3 July 2017 — SumOfUs

A staggering 1.3 million Europeans signed the Stop Glyphosate European Citizens Initiative (ECI). Together we’ve told the European Commission to ban Monsanto’s favourite pesticide, to reform the EU’s pesticide approval procedure, and to set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use. We’ve done it — and only just in time!

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An even worse version of the Link Tax now on the cards!

9 July 2017 — OpenMedia

Crucial votes on the Link Tax are happening TOMORROW [Today], and a major EU political party just u-turned to officially back this costly and reckless proposal.1, 2

The European People’s Party (EPP) has decided to go all-in for the broadest, worst version of the Link Tax — which gives copyright ownership and the right to collect fees over single sentences and headlines for 20 years!3

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Climate: 'All These Changes Do Affect Jobs and Affect People'

9 July 2017 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Dan Zukowski about climate disruption for the June 30, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Polar bears on melting icebergPolar bears used as a symbol of a climate disruption by the Boston Globe (5/31/17).

Janine Jackson: Enough with the stranded polar bears! A recent letter writer to the Boston Globe took issue with the use of the iconic image of a polar bear stranded on floating ice to accompany a story on climate change. Besides being lazy, said Frederick Hewett of Cambridge, the image just sends an inaccurate message about climate disruption, which is happening everywhere—not just in the faraway Arctic—and the effects of which take myriad forms.

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