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Amazon trolled over microwave voice control — RT US News

Published time: 5 Jan, 2018 12:57 Amazon is being mocked online for the latest update to...

Brazil Announces End to Amazon Mega-Dam Building Policy

Environmental activists hold banners during a demonstration, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 20, 2011, against the construction of Belo Monte dam at Xingu...

Amazon, Microsoft staff busted buying sex workers trapped in trafficking industry — RT US...

Published time: 26 Dec, 2017 13:40 Edited time: 26 Dec, 2017 14:44 Scooped-up electronic communications between...

Amazon cuts circumcision ‘training kit’ over fears it could encourage DIY jobs — RT...

Published time: 21 Dec, 2017 14:12 Online shopping empire Amazon has cut a controversial doll...

James Bovard’s latest book is free on Amazon on December 14 and 15 –...

Freedom Frauds: Hard Lessons in American Liberty https://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Frauds-Lessons-American-Liberty-ebook/dp/B0765D3GJR James Bovard’s latest book is free on Amazon on December 14 and 15. Freedom Frauds is the...

Amazon workers treated like ‘animals’ in exhausting working conditions, reporter reveals — RT UK...

Amazon workers are being treated like “animals,” forced to work to the point of physical...

Amazon launches ‘Secret Region’ cloud service for US intel agencies — RT US News

Published time: 20 Nov, 2017 23:33 Edited time: 21 Nov, 2017 00:05 Amazon announced it has...

Uncontacted People Still Being Massacred in Amazonia

Uncontacted people, like these pictured in iconic aerial photos released in 2011, are the most vulnerable people on the planet © Survival International. Ten...

Amazon Key is a New Service that Lets Couriers Unlock Your Front Door

Twelve years ago, Amazon launched Prime, a subscription service that entitled members to free two-day shipping in the United States. Since then,...

Reposting Amazon Press Releases at Bezos-Owned Washington Post

What would happen if Amazon brought 50,000 workers to your city? Ask Amazon. (Washington Post, 10/19/17) A matter of huge political import is taking place...

‘The Winner of the Amazon Headquarters Might End Up Being the Biggest Loser’

Janine Jackson interviewed Neil deMause about the Amazon bidding war for the October 20, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Point of no return: Indiana couple admits to stealing $1.2M from Amazon

Published time: 3 Oct, 2017 03:10 Edited time: 3 Oct, 2017 07:40 A husband and wife...

What happened? Amazon purging bad reviews of Clinton’s book

The online retail giant Amazon has been accused of censorship after it removed many one-star reviews...
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Video: Proton M launches Amazonas-5 satellite from Baikonur

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After Trump tweets, Amazon market value loses $5 billion

Amazon’s stock market value lost as much as $5 billion during premarket trading after President Donald...

Cartoonist illustrates Trump tweets, book hits Amazon top 10

A cartoonist hoping to provide a better understanding of “the mind we elected” has drawn more...

Amazon on defensive after UK tax bill falls while revenues soar

One of the world’s biggest retail companies, Amazon, has been accused of being a tax...

Defense Secretary Mattis meets with Amazon’s Bezos, a target of Trump’s criticism

As part of US Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ two-day trip to visit the giants of...

9yo boy faces charges after Amazon Echo records him during break-in

Published time: 27 Jul, 2017 22:21 A nine-year-old Massachusetts boy has been charged with breaking and...

Caveat emptor: Feds probe Amazon over illegal discounting

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is looking into allegations that Amazon misled customers about its pricing...

Black residents protest state land grab to power Amazon plant

Elderly black residents in Virginia are protesting a plan that seeks to seize land, originally granted...

Temer Signs Law That Could See Millions of Acres Lost in the Amazon

BRASILIA, Brazil: On 11 July, President Michel Temer signed into law important new legislation (MP 759) that paves the way for land thieves, who...

Amazon’s antitrust issue comes under scrutiny in DC & beyond

Published time: 15 Jul, 2017 04:06 Amazon’s desire to spread its empire far and wide is...

Monopoly Capitalism in Action: How Amazon's Acquisition of Whole Foods Could Affect Us All

A customer shops for produce at a Whole Foods Market February 22, 2007, in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) In today's...

The Destructive Power Trips of Amazon’s Boss

For his smallish stature, Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos has a booming, uproarious laugh. Unleashed during workdays, its sonic burst startles people, given it comes...

Amazon Acquisition of Whole Foods Would Consolidate Market and Increase Inequality

Janine Jackson: Looking for news on Amazon's proposed acquisition of Whole Foods, you'll find yourself awash in articles like "Is Whole Foods a Healthy...

‘Amazon Now Has Monopoly Power in Online Commerce’

Janine Jackson interviewed Stacy Mitchell about Amazon‘s bid to buy Whole Foods for the June 23, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly...

Amazon CEO makes $3.3 billion in a few hours

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Amazon’s Blue Origin rockets rekindle space race (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: 8 Mar, 2017 04:52 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made several announcements for his private space...

Saramurillo: A Hope for Justice for Peru's Amazonian Peoples

[vimeo 205073293 w=560 h=420] Could the recent mobilization held at Saramurillo in the Northern Peruvian Amazon be remembered as the one that finally brought much...

Drone & drop: Amazon wants to parachute your parcels

Amazon’s revolutionary approach to deliveries has one-upped itself by solving the long-standing issue of drone landings...

Amazon may face penalty for sales banned by Iran sanctions

Internet retail giant Amazon may face sanctions after disclosing that it “processed and delivered” consumer products...

Amazon Deforestation Rises as Government Moves to Weaken Indigenous Protections

The Brazilian government is changing the process for approving Indigenous lands, with critics warning the country now risks sliding back after years of progress...

Amazon worker sacked for posting ‘Greetings from uncle Adolf’ note in Jewish customer’s parcel

An Amazon employee has been sacked for leaving an anti-Semitic note for a Jewish customer which read ‘Greetings from Uncle Adolf.’ It is believed...
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Video: Privacy Advocates Warn of Potential Surveillance Through Listening Devices Like Amazon Echo

http://democracynow.org - Privacy experts are keeping a close watch on the case of a Bentonville, Arkansas, man who was charged with murder after ... Via...

Privacy Advocates Warn of Potential Surveillance Through Listening Devices Like Amazon Echo, Google Home

Privacy experts are keeping a close watch on the case of a Bentonville, Arkansas, man who was charged with murder after prosecutors obtained a...

‘Death Star of e-commerce’: Amazon’s plans for delivery drone motherships (PICTURE)

Retail giant Amazon has set out its vision for future deliveries in a new patent application,...

Largest US police union demands Amazon remove ‘offensive’ Black Lives Matter shirt

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which is the largest police union in the US, has...

Top Scientists: Amazon's Tapajós Dam Complex "a Crisis in the Making"

The Tapajós River, Brazil. More than 40 dams would turn this free-flowing river and its tributaries into a vast industrial waterway threatening the Tapajós...

Apple sues over counterfeit products sold on Amazon

Apple has sued a company that makes "genuine" chargers for Apple products that have been bought on Amazon.com with Apple's marketing images. The alleged...

Amazon Social Justice Warrior implicated in ‘doxing’ conspiracy

An online cabal of Social Justice Warriors (SJWs), including an “internet abuse specialist” who works for Amazon, have been implicated in a conspiracy to...

May vows to stop tax avoidance… while her husband profits from Amazon & Starbucks

Incoming Tory Prime Minister Theresa May’s husband is a senior executive at an investment fund...

New Discovery: A Massive Reef System at the Mouth of the Amazon River

Could coral reefs have anything to do with the Amazon River? Apparently so. In case you missed this new finding among the...
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Video: Oil Drilling Underway Inside the Yasuni National Park of Amazonian Ecuador

Antonia Juhasz says that the Ecuadorian government is planning another 300 wells inside the ITT area and they partnering with several Chinese companies to...

Startup beats Amazon: Drone delivers ‘emergency’ package to Nevada residence

In the first fully autonomous urban flight, a drone made a parcel delivery to a residence...

Reprieve for Amazon as Controversial Dam Gets Setback

Operating suspension issued for Belo Monte Dam in Brazil by Andrea Germanos In a case described as precedent-setting, a Brazilian court has suspended the operating license for...
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Video: Indigenous Group Brings “Canoe of Life” 6,000 Miles from Amazon to Paris to...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iiw8kS7u46k&w=580&h=385] On Tuesday, as the sun rose in Paris, a delegation of indigenous people from Sarayaku, in the Ecuadorean Amazon, set out in a...

Video: Zen Gardner On Coping With The Awakening And Amazon Banning Books On Sandy...

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Amazon now plastering Nazi symbolism across NYC while banning books that question the government

In recent days, readers have learned that the world's biggest online retailer, Amazon, is also one giant hypocrite. As our editor, Mike...

Amazon to help Americans buy more toxic poisons for their home with the touch...

Logistics innovator Amazon, which last year announced a robotic drone concept that cuts out the delivery middleman by shipping goods directly from Amazon warehouses...
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Video: Supreme Court of Canada Rules on Amazon Vs. Chevron

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgCp7dGpQ8g&w=580&h=385] Ontario court can hear the case of Ecuadorian Amazon Villagers Vs Chevron. We call on Paul Paz y Miño of Amazon Watch and...

What Amazon Taught the Cops

The future of policing, it seems, will look a lot like the present of policing, just faster and with more math. Instead of using...

Kindle Edition of "The President’s Mortician" on Sale for $4.99 on Amazon; Here’s an...

You can now read what one reviewer has called "...a compelling and convincingly upredictable narrative." Garrick Alder, a British journalist, wrote this about my historical novel The President's Mortician--"...it tantalised me so much that I want to pick up the phone and hammer the Internet until I have tracked down his primary sources. Researchers will find this book a thought-provoking and stimulating read...it deserves to be read by anyone interested in this aspect of the assassination controversy."

The Kindle version of The President's Mortician is available for under five bucks. Here's an excerpt from the book:

"In the time that has passed since the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was murdered, the topic has been addressed by hundreds of books, countless documentaries, numerous investigations—both public and private, and even a courtroom battle. The evidence in the case has been hashed and re-hashed many times over, yet the years (nearly 20 now) and the analysis overkill have not dulled the world’s fascination with the subject. Nor has time diminished America’s conviction that a conspiracy was afoot to take Kennedy’s life on November 22, 1963. Since the early 1970s the numbers have remained consistent—three in every four citizens believe that either accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone, or he did not act at all…rather, he was likely just the “fall guy” or the patsy. Moreover, among people 27-39 years of age as of 1980, upwards of 85% were pro-conspiracy (1). In other words, all reasonable people with even a passing knowledge of the events and aftermath of JFK’s assassination suspect that an organized, far-reaching plot took the president’s life that day in Dallas.

"Who killed JFK? The easy answer is that rogue CIA operatives planned, orchestrated and covered up the murder. But this solution is too pat, too simplistic. For it does not take into account the other elements that played their parts in the drama—Texas oilmen, Mafia associates, future presidents and corrupt politicians, ambitious lawyers, Secret Service traitors, the military hierarchy, and wealthy defense contractors. Taken together, these elements form a Secret American Empire.

"Born of the anti-communist fervor which inflamed the nation in the 1940s and ‘50s; fed by the enormous wealth of oil and weapons makers; protected by ambitious, greedy public servants; and enforced by violent, pathological criminals, this Secret American Empire possesses what amounts to its own foreign policy, its own air force, its own militia, its own economy, and its own rules. It is not subject to the laws of the land. It is rich and powerful enough to operate outside the laws that restrict all the rest of us. As Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, one of its high ministers, once said, “I am the richest man in the world. I can do any damn thing I want to do” (2). This empire existed before JFK’s murder, but it had never before pulled off anything so outrageous and brazen as the crime it committed on November 22, 1963. In fact, some of the participants feared for their own apprehension and left the country before and after the execution. Their fears were unfounded, however, because the fix was in. The new president, Lyndon Johnson, was the Empire’s boy, and soon he cut off all legitimate investigations and appointed his own fraudulent commission made up of the Empire’s most ardent protectors. Once the perpetrators knew they were safe, America became their playground. They were free to romp through the public trust, trample the Constitution, start an unnecessary and catastrophic war, have free reign over domestic and foreign policy, and invoke immunity from crimes committed. The JFK assassination taught the Empire that it could get away with anything, and in the years subsequent to 1963 it has coalesced its power and consolidated its reign over democracy. Its candidates have been elected, by hook or crook; its power base has expanded; its wealth has grown unchecked. It has smugly, almost defiantly, moved on to evermore audacious, outlandish covert operations—the removal of Richard Nixon from office, the subversion of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, the narcotic trafficking necessary to fund covert operations, and the overthrow of foreign governments. In short, the Secret American Empire, while waving the flag in our faces and clamoring to high heaven about the land of the free and the home of democracy, has done everything it can to undo the processes and the restraints that would impede it under a true democratic system. We are living in, and have been since 1963, a neo-fascist oligarchic state, where only wealth and power matter, where the ways and means of a free press are stifled, where the people are propagandized by disinformation and half-truths, where our elected officials represent their own greedy interests and the interests of the Secret Empire, rather than the interests of those who elected them.

"Would it have been different if JFK had lived? Emphatically, yes! Kennedy, a conventional cold warrior when he took the oath of office, had transformed into a startling advocate of world peace by 1963. His landmark address at American University, in June 1963, laid out a revolutionary vision of America and its place in the world, one that made him a lot of deadly enemies. A world without endless war? An America free of what Eisenhower called “…the unwanted influence of the military-industrial complex”? A pullback on the power of the intelligence community? JFK became a marked man. He wanted to pull us completely out of Vietnam. He wanted to negotiate a settlement to the Cold War and live in peaceful co-existence with the communist world (3). The Secret Empire was not going to tolerate such a radical paradigm shift in domestic and foreign affairs. That was the entire point of the assassination."

http://www.amazon.com/Presidents-Mortician-Tim-Fleming/dp/098882907X


Amazon Rainforest Droughts Connect Respiratory Issues to Deforestation

Amazon droughts used to be rare occurrences but they are increasing over recent years. Research finds respiratory problems among children of the region are associated with burning and deforestation.

Amazon’s Marriage to the CIA

Norman Solomon  RINF Alternative News As the world’s biggest online retailer, Amazon wants a benevolent image to encourage trust from customers. Obtaining vast quantities of their...

Why Amazon’s Collaboration with the CIA Is So Ominous – and Vulnerable

Norman Solomon  RINF Alternative News As the world’s biggest online retailer, Amazon wants a benevolent image to encourage trust from customers. Obtaining vast quantities of their...

Announcement: The Pantry Primer is Now Available on Amazon

When I moved from Ontario, Canada to the Pacific Northwestern United States, I was unable to bring my stockpile with me.  It was a situation I wanted to rectify as quickly as possible when I arrived at my new destination. I began rebuilding my pantry and documenting it in aRead the Rest...

Protest at Amazon HQ in Seattle against CIA data cloud

On Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, a group of people blocked the train line that leads into the Amazon HQ in South Lake Union. They...

Amazon, the CIA and Assassinations

Norman Solomon  RINF Alternative News President Barack Obama is now considering whether to order the Central Intelligence Agency to kill a U.S. citizen in Pakistan. That’s...

How Amazon Continues to Get Away With Abusing Its Workers

The inside story of how the retail giant has managed to remain union-free across the United States. Josh Eidelson RINF Alternative News After Amazon vanquished a rare...

Amazon’s Bogus Anti-Apple Crusade

Behold tech's fiercest legal battle: Price-fixing,...

The Washington Post, Amazon and the CIA

To: Martin Baron, Executive Editor, and Kevin Merida, Managing Editor, The Washington Post Dear Mr. Baron and Mr. Merida: On behalf of more than 25,000 signers...

The Washington Post and Amazon are “Doing Business with the CIA”

News media should illuminate conflicts of interest, not embody them. But the owner of the Washington Post is now doing big business with the...

Despite the Era of Amazon.com, Indie Book Shops Rise Again

(Photo: Curtis Cron / Flickr / Creative Commons)Even in the era of Amazon.com and the e-book, which have forced giant book-selling retail stores such...

Interview 791 — Jimenez/Secker/Corbett Roundtable on Greenwald, Amazon, Gamers

On this edition of Traces of Reality Radio: Tom Secker, James Corbett, and Guillermo Jimenez connect for the first of a (potential) series of “roundtable” discussions and future (yet to be named) supercast. In this edition we cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from the Sibel Edmonds article(s) challenging Glenn Greenwald, Greenwald’s response, Journalist vs. Source, Amazon drones, Anonymous, the video game industry, and a whole lot more.

Renewed strikes at Amazon sites in Germany

By Dietmar Henning7 December 2013 At the end of November, around 1,000 employees took further strike action at Amazon's facilities in Bad Hersfeld and...

Is Amazon’s Drone Announcement a Giant PR Hoax?

Alex Jones says idea is a manufactured publicity stunt designed to boost Christmas sales Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comDecember 4, 2013 A deluge of questions followed in...

Jeff Bezos Latest Brainwave: Amazon Drones Are the Dream of Fascist Collectivists and Technocrats

Think of the fun that local kids and gun enthusiasts will have with this latest brainwave by internet mogul and neo-nerd vanguard, Jeff Bezos… Some...

Lawmaker: Amazon Drone Could Photograph Your Home

Companies could use UAVs to gather private information Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comDecember 3, 2013 Following the announcement of Amazon's plan to deliver items using drones within...

Worries over Amazon plan to use drones

US lawmakers have called for new laws and regulations as Amazon is undertaking an experimental project for delivering packages using door-to-door drones. On Monday, US...

Amazon, Domino’s and Big Brother: Drones Flying the Not-So-Friendly Surveillance Skies

“The privacy and dignity of our citizens [are] being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we have seen–a society in which government may intrude into the secret regions of a [person's] […]

Amazon to Use Drones for Deliveries

The same technology employed by the Pentagon and CIA to deliver bombs to targets in the Middle East will soon be used to deliver...

Expert: Amazon Drones Will Crash Into People

Surveillance cameras could be attached to drones to prevent theft Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comDecember 2, 2013 A UAV expert has warned that Amazon's ambitious policy to...

Expert: Amazon Drones Will Crash Into People

Surveillance cameras could be attached to drones to prevent theft Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comDecember 2, 2013 A UAV expert has warned that Amazon's ambitious policy to...

Amazon’ Drone Delivery Service Triggers Twitter Freakout

Is it April Fool's Day? Apparently not, although the Amazon Prime Air drone delivery test has the twitterverse in uproar. Story from MarketWatch: If we...

Amazon Develops Drones For Package Drop-off

It's not just militarism--now drones can...

Amazon unveils plans for deliveries by drone

KING 5 NewsDecember 2, 2013 Amazon has unveiled “Prime Air,” a drone delivery system that they promise will get packages into customers' hands in 30...

Amazon plans drone delivery to US customers

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced his company plans to use ‘octocopter' mini-drones to deliver goods for US customers – in just 30 minutes.Read...

Amazon to deliver packages by drones

The mini-drones can pick up items in small yellow buckets and fly them directly to customers�™ doorsteps. Amazon is undertaking an experimental project aimed at...

Postal Service Bends Over Backwards for Amazon, While We Get Crummy Service

Amazon.com is getting the royal treatment...

Ecuador Approves Oil Drilling in Amazon Rain Forest

Oscar León, TRNN Producer: On October 3, 2013, Ecuador's National Assembly authorized the project to drill for oil in the Yasuní national forest, which...

12 pilgrims die as boat sinks in Amazon

Rescue workers search for survivors in the capsized boat at the Amazon River near Macapa, Brazil, on Saturday, October 12, 2013.A boat carrying Roman...

Ecuador approves oil drilling in Amazon

Gas is flared off from an oil facility near Yasuni National Park in the province of Orellana, Ecuador. (file photo)Ecuador™s Parliament has approved a...

Big Oil Gets Green Light to Explore Ecuadorian Amazon

Jessica Desvarieux, TRNN Producer: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.On August 15, the Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa, announced that...

Samsung Sued for $109 Million For Labor Violations in Amazon

Samsung factory in Manaus. Photo: Alex Pazzuelo, Agência de Comunicações do Governo do Estado do Amazonas Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant, faces a 250 million...

Amazon.com running deceptive pharmaceutical ads on its website, promoting dangerous drugs as if they...

Mike Adams Natural News August 19, 2013 While completing a recent purchase on Amazon.com, I was hit with a Prilosec ad served up on...

Washington Post sold to billionaire Amazon CEO

News of the Washington Post’s sale to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million sent ripples across US media on Monday, with...

Amazon Is Worse Than Walmart

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Amazon Jungle sees rise in deforestation

File photo showing an illegal deforestation project for soy production, in Brazil's State of Mato Grosso.New data show an increase in the rate of...

Wendy Davis Fans Write Amazing Reviews of her Sneakers on Amazon

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Sales of Orwell’s ’1984′ up 69 percent on Amazon list

Charlie SpieringWashington ExaminerJune 10, 2013 Sales of George Orwell’s ’1984′ are up 69 percent on Amazon,...

Why Is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Attending 2013 Bilderberg Conference?

Donna AndersonInfowars.comJune 4, 2013 Included among the Bilderberg Group’s list of elite attendees this...

Amazon and Google chiefs join other corporate tax avoiders at annual Bilderberg confab

Ben QuinnLondon GuardianJune 4, 2013 Image: Infowars.com George Osborne and his Labour shadow, Ed Balls, are on...

Amazon staff in Germany resumes strike

Amazon workers wave flags outside one of the German operations of the internet retailer in Leipzig, June 3, 2013.Several hundred workers at the German...

Amazon staff in Germany on strike

Workers picket outside Amazonâ„¢s facilities in the city of Leipzig, Germany, May 27, 2013.Workers at the German operations of global internet retailer Amazon.com have...

Amazonian Ambition: Rosneft signs another joint venture with Venezuela

Rosneft, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, is expanding its influence in Venezuela, via a subsidiary of the national oil company PDVSA. ...

Amazon called back over UK tax dodges

The British parliament has called back internet retailer Amazon over alleged tax avoidance. The British parliament has called back internet retailer Amazon.com to shed...

German Amazon workers stage strike

Employees of online retailer Amazon protest during a strike in Leipzig, Germany on May 14, 2013.Amazon employees in Germany have staged a strike to...

Amazon ‘May Lose 65% of Land Biomass by 2060’

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/amazon_may_lose_65_of_land_biomass_by_2060_20130510/ Posted on May 10, 2013 ...

Amazon ‘May Lose 65% of Land Biomass by 2060’

Amazon ‘May Lose 65% of Land Biomass by 2060’ Email   Print   Share Posted on May 10, 2013 CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CC...

Amazon Warehouse Workers Forced to Wait at Security Checkpoints Without Getting Paid

Attorneys representing the workers estimate that 100,000 warehouse workers are owed more than $100 million in back wages. May 9, 2013  |   Like this article? Join...

Environmental Crisis in the Amazon due to Oil Contamination. Peru Declares State of Emergency

The Peruvian government has declared an environmental state of emergency after finding elevated levels of lead, barium, and chromium in the Pastaza River in the Amazon jungle, reports the Associated Press. Indigenous peoples in the area have been complaining for decades of widespread contamination from oil drilling, but this is the first time the Peruvian government has acknowledged their concerns. Currently 84 percent of the Peruvian Amazon is covered by potential oil blocs, leading to conflict with indigenous people and environmental degradation.

The Peruvian Environment Minister, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, said that Pluspetrol, which has operated the oil bloc in question—1 AB—since 2001, would be liable for cleaning up the pollution. But the minister also noted that Occidental Petroleum, which operated the bloc from 1971-2001, had not been environmentally responsible in its operations either.

River in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.
River in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.
The news comes shortly after Peru set forth its first environmental standards for soil pollution, which the government claims is what led to the announcement of the state of emergency. For the first time Peruvian experts had standards by which to measure contamination in the Pastaza River bed.

Pluspetrol now has 90 days to clean up the Pastaza River and mitigate risk to the local Quichua and Ashuar peoples.

Peru has 659,937 square kilometers of its Amazon rainforest (84 percent) under actual and potential oil and gas development, an area larger than Afghanistan. Not surprisingly—given the scale—many of the oil blocs cover indigenous lands and protected areas. Such concessions not only imperil indigenous groups and the forest itself, but also many tribes that live in voluntary isolation who are especially susceptible to disease.

Meanwhile oil companies are complaining that Peru’s regulatory process is stifling the development of the country’s oil fields. Dow Jones Newswires reports that 16 oil companies have come together to lobby the Peruvian government on increasing oil production.

In 2009 conflict between oil development and indigenous rights erupted in violence. A clash between protestors and government police lead to the deaths of 23 police officers and at 10 indigenous protestors. Indigenous groups have since accused the government police of hiding protesters bodies in order to hide the scale of the violence.

Amazon Sells Sex Toys as Wellness Products

Amazon Sells Sex Toys as Wellness Products

Posted on Mar 25, 2013

Amazon and other companies have rebranded once taboo sex paraphernalia, thus starting another sexual revolution; public libraries aren’t free, per se, but they’re an absolutely important investment; meanwhile, is the fact that college athletic directors get paid more than $1 million a year justifiable? These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

Amazon Sells 60,000 Sex Toys and Related Products? Welcome to Sex 4.0
When was the last time you used a sex toy?

How We Got to the Supreme Court
Twenty years ago this July, Michelangelo Signorile went to Hawaii to cover the lawsuit that launched the first salvo in the current war over marriage equality, ultimately leading to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Proposition 8 and, this week, arguments before the Supreme Court: Several gay and lesbian couples took the then-extraordinary step of suing the state of Hawaii, claiming gender discrimination because they were denied marriage licenses.

Winning and Whining, or How to Get Your Just Desserts in America
The phrase “American Exceptionalism” has a long, convoluted, and too often tortured track record.

Obama Ignores the Ugly, Brutal Reality of Occupation and Colonization on His Israel Trip
Round after round of tear gas was shot by a group of Israeli soldiers on a hill overlooking a protest of about 100 Palestinians in support of a hunger striking prisoner.

There Are No Free Libraries
Over the past few months, an image has been making its way around social media to underscore the value of libraries.

Religion Without God
The familiar stark divide between people of religion and without religion is too crude.

Why is Science So Obsessed with Beauty?
Scientists have been musing about beauty, order and natural symmetry since Pythagoras.

Science-fiction Turns Real: Genetically Engineering Animals for War
Scientific advances have us on the verge of being able to control and manipulate animals. Should we use that power?

Mistakes, Excuses, and Painful Lessons from the Iraq War
Ezra Klein has admitted he made a mistake in supporting the Iraq War. And he’s sorry.

The ‘Canonical’ Image of a Drone Is a Rendering Dressed Up in Photoshop
The media of the drone war is not like the media of World War II or Vietnam.

Introducing Brics From Above, And Brics-From-Below
In Durban, South Africa, five heads of state meet on March 26-27 2013 at the International Convention Centre, to assure the rest of Africa that their countries’ corporations are better investors in infrastructure, mining, oil and agriculture than the traditional European and US multinationals.

College Athletic Directors—Why is the Pay So High?
We’ve just learned that nine athletic directors of major college-sports programs make more than $1 million annually, with an average salary of about $515,000.

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UN Demands ‘Immediate Suspension’ of Amazon Gas Plans

WASHINGTON - March 25 - The United Nations has demanded an immediate halt to the expansion of a major gas project in the Peruvian Amazon, over concerns that it poses a grave risk to the lives of uncontacted Indians living nearby.

In a letter to the Peruvian government, the UN’s Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) requested the ‘immediate suspension’ of plans to expand the existing Camisea gas project further into the Nahua-Nanti reserve, as it ‘threatens the physical and cultural survival of the indigenous peoples living there.’

The call follows an appeal to CERD by Peru’s indigenous organizations AIDESEP, ORAU and COMARU, who are also launching legal action against the government and companies involved in the $1.6 billion project.

Camisea is run by a consortium of companies including Argentina’s Pluspetrol, US’s Hunt Oil and Spain’s Repsol, and is one of the largest gas projects in the Amazon.

The gas project lies in the heart of the Nahua-Nanti Reserve that was created to protect the land and lives of uncontacted Indians.

Now the companies plan to carry out seismic tests in the forest – detonating thousands of explosives – and to drill more than twenty exploratory wells.

The work will have a devastating impact on the local inhabitants, who rely on the rainforest and its game for their survival. Any contact with the uncontacted Indians could prove fatal.

In 2003, a Supreme Decree was passed, as a condition of a loan by the Inter-American Development Bank, which prohibited any further expansion of the project. But in flagrant violation of the Decree, Peru’s Ministry of Energy approved part of the expansion of Camisea in April 2012. The Ministry is imminently set to approve the next phase of expansion, costing $480 million.

Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘The Peruvian government promised the Inter-American Development Bank that it wouldn’t expand the Camisea project, and even passed a Supreme Decree to write the pledge into law. Now it’s doing exactly what it promised not to. Small wonder the UN has demanded this reckless project be stopped.’

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Amazon prepares for Christmas
The GMB trade union have organised demonstrations across nine Amazon depots in the UK. The campaign ‘ASBO for Amazon’ was launched as a response to what workers call:
"A culture of bullying and endemic harassment through the ‘dataveillance’ system."
Amazon terminals direct employees from task to task, with no protocols agreed such as the work speed or how frequently workers should take a break.

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Screenshot from phildub.com

Screenshot from phildub.com

Creativity trumps unemployment and a bad economy – at least for one jobless Frenchman, whose online CV went viral after he created a mock Amazon.com webpage and offered himself for sale based on his skills as a web product manager.

Parisian Philippe Dubost caused an internet sensation by creating an Amazon-like webpage that invited prospective employers to bid for him.

The price has been scratched out from $999,999, encouraging employers to offer their own salary options. The fake page urges buyers to "order soon", as there is "only one left in stock".

The page includes a profile picture, skills and experience. It also has personal information like his height, languages spoken, and his best marathon time.

By clicking to add Dubost to your ‘cart’, his contact information pops up. He also links his resume to his blog.

Under ‘shipping’ he indicated, “This item is available for shipping anywhere in the world!” demonstrating his willingness to travel.

Dubost even developed a “frequently bought together” section and included running shoes (sold on Amazon) and airline tickets.

"I wanted to do something fun. Résumés are not fun. They're not fun to write, not fun to read", Dubost told The Independent. "I thought it would be fun to build a small web product that would feel a little bit like a game you could interact with, like those baby toys where every button you push makes a different noise."

After the online CV went viral, around 100 employers had offered various job opportunities, Dubost says.

"So many awesome companies, projects, entrepreneurs, I'm starting to feel like a spoilt kid with too many toys," Dubost added. "And yes, among those there are indeed a few opportunities that match what I'm looking for and that I'm going to pursue."

Unprecedented unemployment levels are putting a big strain on the young professionals to innovate traditional methods of job search. Earlier in January, the UK’s Adam Pacitti, 24, spent his last $800 on a billboard featuring his picture and a message “please give me a job”.

In France, the number of jobless has continued to increase in December for the 19th consecutive month, affecting at least 3 million people, which is a near-15-year high.

Air crash kills 7 in Peru Amazon jungle

Rescue workers at the site of a helicopter crash in Peru (file photo).

At least seven people, including five US citizens and two Peruvians, have been killed after a BV-234 helicopter crashed into a commercial building in a village located in Peru's Amazon jungle, officials say.

“There are seven dead, including five Americans and two Peruvians,” said a local prosecutor, Marcos Ochos following the incident.

The incident took place on Monday at 2:57 p.m. local time (1957 GMT) in the village of San Juan situated in the jungle region of Ucayali, Ochos added.

Reports say that the helicopter was carrying people working for Petrominerales Ltd., a Canada-based oil and mining company focused on Latin American countries, including Colombia and Peru.


Local media said that the helicopter, which was travelling from the eastern city of Pucallpa to Tarapoto, took off from the Pucallpa international airport hours earlier.

Following the deadly crash, Peru’s air transport agency, Corpac issued a statement, saying that the helicopter had been operated by “the local unit of US based Columbia Helicopters.”

Rescue workers, police officers, and firefighters rushed to the site of the crash and cordoned off the area.

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Eric Zuesse On November 8th, Britain’s Daily Mail bannered “NATO tells Europe to prepare for 'rapid deployment’:” and sub-headed “Defence chiefs say roads, bridges and...

How the U.S. Aristocracy Deceive the U.S. Public

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The progressive former Democratic U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman wrote at Forbes, on 22 July 2014: Another year has passed with...

Strangers could be speaking to your child through smart toys, watchdog warns — RT...

Published time: 14 Nov, 2017 13:05 Strangers could be communicating with children through smart toys...

Vitamin K 1 or 2?

By Dr. Mercola Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is well-known for its role in blood clotting. However, there are two different kinds of...

Old Tech Is Cool Again

How Runaway Inequality Creates Runaway Global Warming

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The bottom half of humans own next to nothing, but they own as much as the world’s richest 80 individuals...
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Video: Nature Is Ours’: Brazilian Wayampi tribe under threat from rainforest mining

The ancient Wayampi tribe in the heart of Brazil's Amazon rainforest is on the edge of extinction by deforestation and mining. But the tribe...

Did He Discover America 70 Years Before Columbus?

By April Holloway Ancient Origins November 13, 2017

Hand Over Your Weapons | By David Scharfenberg

In the aftermath of the Texas church shooting last week, Democratic lawmakers did what they always do: They skewered their Republican colleagues for offering...

Music and Comedy at the End of the American Empire

Stand-up comedian Eddie Pepitone and Paranoid Style singer-songwriter Elizabeth Nelson are close friends who work in different spheres of the entertainment-industrial complex. While Pepitone...

Arkansas Gun Battle – LewRockwell

By Jennifer Cruz Guns.com November 13, 2017

Why Robert Mueller Was Selected to Be the Special Prosecutor

Eric Zuesse It all began with the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers apartment complex in the Saudi city of Khobar, which killed 19 U.S....

Jim Garrison on the Trail of JFK’s Assassins

Jim Garrison was the district attorney of Orleans County who rose to prominence during his investigations into the assassination of President  John F. Kennedy....

‘String of brain-dead slogans’ – Social media reactions to RT’s foreign agent registration —...

The US Department of Justice’s demand that RT America register as a foreign agent or face...

Democrats, Republicans and Business as Usual

Photo by woodleywonderworks | CC BY 2.0 Hot on the heels of Donna Brazile’s ‘shocking’ new book Hacks, that alleges that the Democratic Party, which...

I Knew I Could Beat Hillary

Green Party VP hits out at RT ‘foreign agent’ tag — RT US News

Published time: 11 Nov, 2017 16:29 Ajamu Baraka, the vice presidential candidate for the Green Party...

The Mystery of the Edmund Fitzgerald

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0DqPSF2fyo] The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale soundWhen the wave broke over the railingAnd every man knew, as the captain did too‘Twas...

Post-Coup Ukraine Hands Orthodox Churches to Non-Orthodox Clergy

Eric Zuesse The Ukrainian Government is trying to pass a law which will allow Russian Orthodox churches to be taken over by other faiths, but...

That Bloodbath in the Old Dominion

Giving the Game Away

It doesn’t take much, just a sentence or a turn-of-phrase, sometimes even just a word or two, to give the game away. “Homeland Defense” Take these...

Writers and Filmmakers Take on Gentrification

Photo by Tim Hettler | CC by 2.0 Writers and filmmakers have created art about gentrification in many cities across the country.  Renee Watson, who...

What If Government Steals Liberty

The Odd Man Out of the Sixties

Call Pat Thomas the “Odd Man Out of the Sixties.” Born in 1964 and only six when calendars read January 1970, he was not...

Bundy Trial Delayed Again – LewRockwell

By Brian Seay Guns.com November 9, 2017 ...

Reviving the Spirit of Existential Rebellion in a World of Propaganda, Lies and Self...

Photo by Mónica Leitão Mota | CC BY 2.0 Search for nothing anymore, nothingexcept truth.Be very still and try to get at the truth. And the...

The Greatest Threat to Both Koreas? Donald Trump’s Mouth. – Antiwar.com Blog

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX7ScPKeTtI&w=560&h=315] In policy terms, the Trump administration has approached North Korea largely the same way the Obama administration has –...

So Picketing the White House Doesn’t Work? – Antiwar.com Blog

The reckless threats of nuclear war flung back and forth between the North Korean and U.S. governments remind me of an event in which...

Why a Special Counsel Should Be Appointed to Investigate Robert Mueller

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Some of the finest investigative journalists have recently documented different parts of what constitutes, in its totality, a single...

GOP Tax Fraud – LewRockwell

David Henderson at Adrian College in Michigan Nov. 9 – Antiwar.com Blog

Place: Knight AuditoriumDate: Thursday, November 9Time: 6:00 p.m. I will be giving my speech “How Economists Helped End the Draft” at...

Why Doesn’t the Born Leader of the Feminist Movement Speak for Me Too?

Photo by aphrodite-in-nyc | Public Domain “Along Came Hillary”  Twitter had its fun a couple of weeks ago, when the children’s book, Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some...

Are You Prepared if You Have to Flee?

By Jeremiah Johnson Ready Nutrition November 6, 2017 ...

Diving Days – LewRockwell

The Hundredth Year: Revolutionaries Now Soaked in the Brine of Global Capital

The new fascism isn’t so new but is now brightly packaged as Facebook, Amazon, Gates This is going to be an exercise in redefining fascism...

Le Corbusier – LewRockwell

A Satiric Masterpiece – LewRockwell

By Robert Bolton November 4, 2017 ...

Stubbornly Dragging The Broken Past In Front Of Himself, Again

by Paul Tristram / November 5th, 2017 He has a busted nosefrom twice bumping into Yesterday,earlier on this very morning.Those restless ‘Dogs’inside his backwards looking...

Was Trump Really This Honest?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org After all of the trumpeting against Donald Trump by the ‘news’media and by all Democratic politicians and many Republican...

America’s Trump, w. 37% Favorable Rating, Seeks Overthrow of Iran’s Rouhani, w. 62% Favorable...

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The investigative journalist Gareth Porter says that  U.S. President Donald Trump, whose favorable-rating among Americans is 37%, is determined...

Evil Prosecutors – LewRockwell

Pentagon Think-Tank Praises Al Qaeda as ‘Moderate’ Islamists

Eric Zuesse An October 24th article by Colin P. Clarke of the Rand Corporation — the main think-tank for the Pentagon — is headlined "The...

A Visit to Heaven and Hell: Mapping Planet Earth

Author Eduardo Galeano. (Photo: Rafael Holanda Barroso) The following passages are excerpted from Hunter of Stories, the last book by Eduardo Galeano, who died in...

Homeless to clean trash from LA streets, if city council gets way — RT...

Los Angeles city council will consider a motion to hire homeless people to clean up the...

the U.S./Israel Obstacle to Peace

Photo by Jim Mattis | CC by 2.0 In Obstacle to Peace: The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Jeremy R. Hammond, publisher and editor of...

Navy proposes more sleep, training for sailors after ‘avoidable’ ship collisions — RT US...

Multiple Navy reviews show human error caused two naval ship collisions that killed 17 sailors this...

That Other Plot – LewRockwell

Neocon Killers – LewRockwell

How America Spreads Global Chaos – Consortiumnews

The U.S. government may pretend to respect a “rules-based” global order, but the only rule Washington seems to follow is...

NATO Criticism of Russia’s Ukraine Policy Is Answered by Putin

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A NATO supporter criticized Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for Russia’s Ukraine policy, on October 19th, at the Valdai Discussion...

The Truth About Lincoln’s War

The...

How to Stop Gentrification and House a Nation

Photo by Tim Hettler | CC by 2.0 In San Francisco, New York City and other huge cities hundreds of thousands of people have been...

Does Russia Produce ‘Fake News’? Or Does America? Or Both?

Eric Zuesse The biggest difference between American and Russian news-reporting has been a simple factual issue between the two sides, on what incident started the...

Focus… Unfocus… It’s Always There, Like A Thorn In The Tender Underneath Of Your...

by Paul Tristram / October 29th, 2017 That ‘Puncture Wound’ no longer weeps…but, it aches, like rack-broken bonesstretching past life regression-likethrough the dawn of each...

Good Riddance and Look Out Below

There’s Only One Party in DC

Alex Vitale on The End of Policing

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Would You Do This? – LewRockwell

Would you feel comfortable giving Jeff Bezos your house keys? Amazon is hoping that the answer is yes. The e-commerce behemoth and creator of a global...