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International Lawyers Seek Justice for Iraqis

International lawyers and activists converged at a conference titled The Iraq Commission, in Brussels, Belgium, April 16 and 17, with the primary aim of bringing to justice government officials who are guilty of war crimes in Iraq.

Ross Caputi served in the US military from 2003 to 2006 and participated in the massive military siege of Fallujah in November 2004. (Photo: Dahr Jamail)

Ross Caputi served in the US military from 2003 to 2006 and participated in the massive military siege of Fallujah in November 2004. (Photo: Dahr Jamail)

“Within a few days of this, a lawless atmosphere developed within my unit,” Ross Caputi, a former marine who took part in the brutal November 2004 siege of Fallujah told the Iraq Commission. “There was a lot of looting going on. I saw people searching the pockets of the dead resistance fighters for money. Some people were mutilating corpses.”

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Evidence of Acceleration of Anthropogenic Climate Disruption on All Fronts

“The frog does not drink up the pond
in which he lives.”

— Sioux Proverb

This month’s dispatch comes on the heels of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recent report, and the news is not good.

“No one on this planet will be untouched by climate change,” IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri announced. The report warned that climate impacts are already “severe, pervasive, and irreversible.”

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The Vanishing Arctic Ice Cap

Sea ice atop the Arctic Ocean photographed on July 12, 2011. (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Sea ice atop the Arctic Ocean photographed on July 12, 2011. (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

An Arctic largely devoid of ice, giant methane outbursts causing tsunamis in the North Atlantic, and global sea levels rising by several meters by mid-century sound like the stuff of science fiction.

But to a growing number of scientists studying Anthropogenic Climate Disruption (ACD/climate change), these dramatic predictions are very real possibilities in our not-so-distant future, thanks to the vanishing Arctic ice cap, which is continuing its rapid decrease in both volume and area.

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Radiation Leak at New Mexico Nuclear Waste Storage Site Highlights Problems

Los Alamos National Laboratory, site of the Manhattan Project and where the first nuclear bombs were developed, continues to carry out classified work in designing nuclear weapons. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)

Los Alamos National Laboratory, site of the Manhattan Project and where the first nuclear bombs were developed, continues to carry out classified work in designing nuclear weapons. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)

A recent fire and radiation release at New Mexico’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) uranium repository has brought renewed focus on the problem of what to do with a growing stockpile of radioactive waste and spent fuel from commercial nuclear reactors.

The radiation release February 14, 2014, exposed at least 13 workers, after an alarm sounded and high levels of radiation were released from the underground repository in southeastern New Mexico, where nuclear waste from federal nuclear labs and weapons sites, along with discarded machinery, clothing and other radioactive waste is stored.

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