THIS ‘BIKER GANG’ HAS BEEN WORKING TO SUPPORT, PROTECT AND EMPOWER ABUSED CHILDREN

by Elias Marat, The Mind Unleashed Waking Times When one thinks of a typical motorcycle club, a few things come to mind: bruising bar fights, gang warfare, and the kind of criminal activity popularly depicted in the TV series Sons of Anarchy. And while there are certainly a few modern motorcycle clubs that live up to the bad-boy image, children around the world have also been relying on a different type of biker gang for emotional support and protection. Enter Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), an international nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers to form a layer of protection and empowerment for … Continue reading THIS ‘BIKER GANG’ HAS BEEN WORKING TO SUPPORT, PROTECT AND EMPOWER ABUSED CHILDREN

All we owe to animals

It is not enough to conserve species and ecosystems. We have an ethical duty to care for each individual animal on earth Jeff Sebo is a clinical assistant professor of environmental studies, affiliated professor of bioethics, medical ethics and philosophy, and director of the Animal Studies MA Program at New York University. He is co-author of Chimpanzee Rights (Routledge, 2018) and Food, Animals, and the Environment (Routledge, 2018). Edited by Pam Weintraub At the time of writing, Australia is on fire. The fires have killed at least 25 humans and more than a billion animals. Animals such as koalas are especially at risk, since their … Continue reading All we owe to animals

AS HEROES LIKE ASSANGE ROT IN PRISON, TRUMP IS PARDONING WAR CRIMINALS LEFT AND RIGHT

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project Waking Times The United States has a heinous record when it comes to committing war crimes. Even more heinous, however, is the fact that commander in chief after commander in chief continue to pardon those convicted of these unspeakable acts. As whistleblowers like Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning rot in prison, military personnel who’ve slaughtered civilians are receiving pardon after pardon. President Donald Trump has continued to walk down this shameful road by pardoning war criminals. Earlier this month, Trump pardoned a former lieutenant in the US Army who was convicted of ordering his … Continue reading AS HEROES LIKE ASSANGE ROT IN PRISON, TRUMP IS PARDONING WAR CRIMINALS LEFT AND RIGHT

Coldplay stop touring to save the world: Is pop music going sustainable?

“The hardest thing is the flying side of things.” by Robin Pomeroy  They’re one of the biggest stadium-rock bands in the world, but Coldplay will not be touring for the foreseeable future, as they seek to make their concerts less environmentally damaging. “We’re taking time over the next year or two to work out how can not only our tour be sustainable but how can it be actively beneficial,” lead singer Chris Martin told the BBC at the release of the band’s new record, Everyday Life. Rock concerts and festivals may be joyous celebrations of music and togetherness, but they generate a serious … Continue reading Coldplay stop touring to save the world: Is pop music going sustainable?

BRAZILIAN EXPERTS WARN IN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BOLSONARO A ‘GENOCIDE IS UNDERWAY’ AGAINST UNCONTACTED TRIBES

by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams Waking Times In an open letter to Brazilian society and right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, a group of experts warned that a “genocide is underway” against uncontacted tribes because of Bolsonaro’s efforts to strip away Indigenous peoples’ rights and lands and open up more of the Amazon rainforest to agribusiness and mining. The letter (pdf), released in Portuguese on Friday, came after Bruno Pereira was dismissed last week as the coordinator for uncontacted tribes at FUNAI, the Brazilian government agency for policies relating to Indigenous peoples. Signatories include previous coordinators at FUNAI, Indigenous people, and field workers. The human rights … Continue reading BRAZILIAN EXPERTS WARN IN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BOLSONARO A ‘GENOCIDE IS UNDERWAY’ AGAINST UNCONTACTED TRIBES

When will we begin to take child sex trafficking more seriously?

Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images Regan Williams, co-founder of Seen and Heard, wants adults to listen to children. by  Derek Beres Regan Williams, CEO of Seen and Heard, is on a mission to help foster youth develop necessary social and career skills through the performing arts. Williams says 300,000 American children are commercially trafficked every year. Children in our society are ignored except when they’re famous or sexualized, which is part of the reason sexual abuse is not covered. Between Jeffrey Epstein and George Nader, there’s been a lot of talk about child sex trafficking and child pornography in the … Continue reading When will we begin to take child sex trafficking more seriously?

Is the burning Amazon the beginning of the end?

An unprecedented number of fires in the Amazon is terrifying climate experts. by ROBBY BERMAN Never before has so much of the Amazon rainforest been on fire. The fires are largely set by humans clearing areas for development. The blazes may be the first step in an irreversible climate spiral. There’s a reason the Amazon rainforest is referred to as “the lungs of the Earth”: It accounts for 17% of the carbon dioxide absorbed by the world’s trees and produces 20% of the oxygen we breathe. At the moment, though, the Amazon is on fire. This year alone, Brazil research … Continue reading Is the burning Amazon the beginning of the end?