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From The Nor’easter – by Jason SladeThe Spectacle —- Environmental issues can oftentimes be very complex. Some issues directly relate to climate change, and some do not. However, it is very important to connect the dots between issues because almost all environmental problems are caused, at their base, by capitalist expansion, commodification and privatization. Corporations have used the climate crisis and growing public concern about environmental issues to their advantage. They have learned to use the rhetoric of environmentalism to justify extremely oppressive projects whose sole purpose is to increase their power and to continue the cycle of production and consumption. Incredibly destructive projects, such as hydrofracture natural gas extraction in Upstate New York, are marketed as clean. This absurd spectacle must be stopped.

In Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle, he writes, “The spectacle presents itself simultaneously as all of society, as part of society, and as instrument of unification … The spectacle grasped in its totality is both the result and the project of the existing mode of production.
It is not a supplement to the real world, an additional decoration. It is the heart of the unrealism of the real society. In all its specific forms, as information or propaganda, as advertisement or direct entertainment consumption, the spectacle is the present model of socially dominant life … It is the sun which never sets over the empire of modern passivity. It covers the entire surface of the world and bathes endlessly in its own glory.” And now the light of that sun is green. The green spectacle is confronting the climate crisis with hollow solutions presented to us in a pleasant, prefabricated package that can be bought if we can afford them and allow us to pollute in good conscience. In an absurd twist, these corporate false solutions cause the poor, and those who resist these schemes, to be blamed for destroying the planet. Read the rest of this entry »

Climate Justice Action spokesman to face charges, as Danish police prepare for mass protests at Copenhagen’s Bella centre

  • Bibi van der Zee     –, 15 December 2009 16.48 GMT


    A high-profile climate activist was arrested ahead of tomorrow’s major protests planned outside the Copenhagen climate summit, fuelling anxiety about how the Danish authorities are policing demonstrations.

  • Tadzio Mueller, a spokesman for the umbrella group Climate Justice Action (CJA), was arrested today by plainclothes police as he left the Bella centre, where the official climate talks are taking place. The police are holding him at the Retorvej detention centre, and he will be charged in court tomorrow morning. The police refused to say what charges will be brought.

    Kevin Smith, an organiser for activist group Climate Camp, said: “It’s unbelievable that in a supposed democracy, undercover police are silencing spokespeople that are criticising the climate talks. How far are the Danish authorities prepared to go to stop tomorrow’s protest from going ahead?”

    Mueller’s arrest comes on the eve of a Reclaim Power action that aims to “disrupt the sessions and open a space inside the UN area to hold a people’s assembly” from 10am tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »

    To: Hans Gammeltoft-Hansen (Ombudsman), Per Larsen (Detective Commander of the Danish National Police) and Ritt Bjerregaard (Lord Mayor of Copenhagen)

    Started by: Adrian Wilson

    Over the past two weeks, citizens of countries all over the world have come to Copenhagen for the UN COP-15 climate negotiations. Many have engaged in peaceful, nonviolent protest, trying to push world leaders to sign a meaningful deal that will save our planet for future generations.

    Rather that giving them the space, the Danish police have used extremely heavy-handed and cruel mass arrest tactics, potentially violating European human rights laws. The Danish police are out of control, and they need to be held accountable.


    Please join us and take action! Sign this petition calling on the Danish government to immediately investigate the police actions of the past two weeks, and demand that they allow future peaceful protests to go forward without similar abuses.

    Danish Police: Going Too Far

    On Saturday, Dec. 12, 100,000 people in Copenhagen participated in an overwhelmingly peaceful protest – but this protest was marred by the overzealous Danish police, who blocked off streets surrounding large groups of protestors, and arrested almost 1,000 people, the vast majority of which were clearly doing nothing illegal. Arrestees were handcuffed and forced to sit in rows for hours, as the temperatures dipped below freezing; numerous people urinated on themselves after being denied use of toilets. According to Maria Ludwig from Germany, “They kept me for two hours with plastic cuffs around our wrists and our hands behind our back, and then they put us on the bus. We had nothing to eat or drink, and one man asked the police to go to the toilet and they said: ‘No way are you going to put your trousers down, you’ll just have to piss into your trousers.” Read the rest of this entry »


    13.12.2009 On Dec. 13, 2009 a few hundred people marched from Triangle in Copenhagen towards the harbour. They were carrying a front-banner saying “Hit the Production” and were shouting “Our Climate – not your business”. From the start police with helmets accompanied the march, lots of policecars followed it. After about half an hour of walking the police suddenly blocked the road. They attacked the music truck and the people on it. After getting them off the truck they took the truck away.

    The demonstrators were forced to sit down on the pavement, cuffed up with cable-straps and brought away with busses.

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    Posted on 12th December 2009 by CJA:

    Danish police have indiscriminately arrested hundreds of climate justice activists during a climate change protest made up of 100,000 people that took place today in Copenhagen.  Questions have been raised about the fact that the arrests occurred in a different time and place to where some trouble had momentarily flared earlier in the day. Journalists have been restricted from reporting at the site of the arrests since 1800hrs.
    It’s estimated that 100 people are still being held on the road in extremely cold weather, cuffed and forced into seated positions in lines (1). They have expressed severe physical discomfort and have no access to water, medical attention or toilet facilities since 1530hrs. Many activists are reported to have urinated themselves while detained on the ground.

    An estimated 200 have been removed from the site and taken away in coaches. Several people are reported to have fainted around 1945hrs.

    Helga Matthiassen, who was detained for an hour before being released due to an injury she had recently sustained, said, “Of course we’re angry – people all over the world are angry about being lied to by governments who are making a corporate deal at the climate talks, and now when we try to protest against this on the streets we are randomly held by police.

    “Not only have we been denied the right to protest, but our basic human rights have also been ignored in this ludicrous, staged police exercise.  It seems Danish Police have a new motto: why just criminalise protesters, when you can dehumanise them too?” (2)

    2. See Helga interviewed on TV2 News, 2015 broadcast

    Published on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 by

    The People Speak on Climate Change

    by Karyn Strickler

    “If it was easy, they wouldn’t call it a ‘struggle.'” –Rising Tide North America

    A mighty, sleeping, giant rose with the sun in the east yesterday and the swell of resistance thundered westward across North America.  The Mobilization for Climate Justice called for urgent action on the global climate crisis.  Organizers contemplated the protests in Seattle a decade ago, that shut down the World Trade Organization (WTO) and looked ahead to Copenhagen, where the world will go to set international standards for reversing climate change.

    Ananda Lee Tan, who helped organize the WTO protests and today’s Mobilization said in an interview with Democracy Now, “I think we’re at a place where once again we’re faced with turning out massive numbers of people on the streets to challenge the corporate interference with international climate policy talks, but also here in the U.S.”

    Activists launched non-violent fasts, die-ins and blockades in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Ontario.  Bold climate activists in Greenville, SC chained themselves to the Cliffside Coal Plant Power Generator; in Washington, DC, they blocked K Street, where the corporate lobbyists roost; in Chicago, IL, they were arrested by the dozen in the financial district; they held a die-in in Denver; and in San Francisco, CA 200 activists took control of the Bank of America headquarters on Market Street, locking themselves to the revolving doors prior to being arrested. Read the rest of this entry »


    from Rising Tide Abya Yala Norte October 27, 2009

    Some three hundred indigenous people from the Peruvian Amazon region of Madre de Dios are on their way to the town of Salvacion to evict the Texas-based company Hunt Oil from their ancestral territory.

    According to reports on, hundreds of Peruvian police officers are waiting in the town for their arrival.

    Last month, Indigenous leaders from the Madre de Dios issued a formal statement rejecting Hunt Oil’s presence in the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve—a legally protected biodiversity ‘hot spot’ which the government handed over to the company in 2006. The leaders warned Hunt Oil to voluntarily exit the territory within a week or they would be forced out.

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    Photo: Langelle/ GJEP

    Pittsburgh, PA–During the September 25th march towards the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the heavily fortified facility where leaders of the twenty richest countries of the world were meeting, activists standing atop the railing of the Andy Warhol bridge demonstrate their feelings about the corporate globalization agenda of the G-20 leaders. Thousands of activists and organizations marched against the G-20, including Iraq Veterans Against the War, trade unionists, Grassroots Global Justice, the Mobilization for Climate Justice, concerned citizens, peace groups and a large contingent of young anarchists.

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    By Robert S. Eshelman

    September 23, 2009

    Editor’s Note: Follow Rob Eshelman’s dispatches from the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh at all week.

    Tuesday afternoon, US District Court Judge Gary Lancaster rejected a request by the ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Center for Constitutional Rights for an injunction against the Pittsburgh Police. The lawyers alleged in the suit that local law enforcement has been systematically harassing and carrying out unconstitutional searches and seizures of members of two G-20 protest groups–the Seeds of Peace Collective and the Three Rivers Climate Convergence (3RCC). The judge refused to restrain the police and suggested that if police conduct warrants damages claims, then the ACLU should file suit. The ACLU says it will pursue such claims.

    read the whole article at The Nation

    Robert S. Eshelman is an independent journalist. His articles have appeared in Abu Dhabi’s the National, In These Times and on more…


    WASHINGTON — The changing global climate will pose profound strategic challenges to the United States in coming decades, raising the prospect of military intervention to deal with the effects of violent storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics, military and intelligence analysts say.

    Such climate-induced crises could topple governments, feed terrorist movements or destabilize entire regions, say the analysts, experts at the Pentagon and intelligence agencies who for the first time are taking a serious look at the national security implications of climate change.

    Recent war games and intelligence studies conclude that over the next 20 to 30 years, vulnerable regions, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia, will face the prospect of food shortages, water crises and catastrophic flooding driven by climate change that could demand an American humanitarian relief or military response. Read the rest of this entry »

    Friday, August 07, 2009
    By Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    City of Pittsburgh officials are debating whether to legislate away some of the materials protesters use to disrupt gatherings such as the impending G-20 summit, and how to pass such legislation without compromising either their public safety plans or the public’s right to know.

    Knowing that highly organized protesters use materials like plastic PVC pipe, handcuffs and other locks, wire and cement to link themselves together in tough-to-break formations with names like “sleeping dragon,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s administration is drafting restrictions on carrying such materials into public gathering places.

    Administration officials wouldn’t detail the emerging ordinance yesterday, but compared it to special legislation passed prior to the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which restricted the transport of signs, poles and pipes into certain areas at certain times. Read the rest of this entry »

    Denver, CO

    Protesters clashed with

    Police said 114 men and women were arrested in Sneinton Dale on suspicionPolice at the Iona School of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass and criminal damage.

    Officers said they believed those arrested were planning to protest at nearby Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station.

    Police said equipment including bolt-cutters was found and they feared a threat to the safety of the site.

    A police spokesman said it was thought there was a “serious threat” to the coal-fired power station, which is eight miles south-west of Nottingham. Read the rest of this entry »