Comments for CounterVortex Resisting the Downward Spiral Sun, 31 May 2020 05:57:52 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on NYC: outrage over automotive terror —at last by Bill Weinberg Sun, 31 May 2020 05:57:52 +0000 NYPD use cars as weapons

Police are using their squad cars as weapons in their repression of protesters decrying police violence, Streetsblog reports. Videos filmed on May 30 by witnesses show multiple incidents of NYPD officers using their vehicles to intimidate, endanger and willfully attempt to injure. Most of the videos were taken along Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn.

Comment on NYC: outrage over automotive terror —at last by Bill Weinberg Sun, 31 May 2020 05:56:13 +0000 Susan Feterman: say her name

The senior citizen killed on East 14th St. on May 5 is now identified as Susan Feterman. Her friends and neighbors remember her as an avid bicyclist. (The Village Sun)

Comment on Trump admin approves Keystone XL pipeline by CounterVortex Sun, 31 May 2020 05:54:15 +0000 Ninth Circuit turns down request for Keystone permits

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on May 28 denied the Trump administration’s request to continue Keystone XL Pipeline construction. This decision will delay pipeline construction until the Ninth Circuit renders its final decision. The Ninth Circuit’s denial comes after a Montana district court revoked construction permits for the pipeline. The lower court found that the Army Corps of Engineers failed to give proper weght to “adverse environmental effects” in issuing the permits. (Jurist)

Comment on ISIS behind Mozambique insurgency? by CounterVortex Sun, 31 May 2020 05:50:34 +0000 Mozambique militant group named

The group behind the fighting in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province that has now displaced some 150,000 is named in recent reports as Ansar al-Sunnah. It is said to have recently switched tactics to holding public meetings where looted food is handed out, in an effort to build support from the populace. The group is said to have growing areas of Cabo Delgado under its effective control. (TNH)

Comment on NYC ‘Green New Deal’ to fund mega-hydro? by Bill Weinberg Fri, 29 May 2020 06:51:12 +0000 Indian Point Unit 2 reactor shut

The Indian Point nuclear power plant’s Unit 2 reactor was shut down March 28 after nearly 46 years generating electricity for New York City and Westchester County. Unit 3, the plant’s remaining reactor, will power down around this time next year when Indian Point shuts down for good as part of a 2017 agreement with the state of New York and Riverkeeper, the Hudson River environmental group that pushed for the plant’s shutdown in a number of legal and regulatory challenges. (Westchester Journal News)

Energy analyst Charles Komanoff grapples with the carbon implications of the Indian Point shut-down in Gotham Gazette

Comment on Canada’s high court deals blow to treaty rights by Bill Weinberg Wed, 27 May 2020 06:03:43 +0000 Alberta energy minister: exploit COVID-19 to build pipeline

From The Canadian Press, May 25:

Alberta’s energy minister says it’s a good time to build a pipeline because public-health restrictions limit protests against them.

Sonya Savage made the comment Friday on a podcast hosted by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors. She was asked about progress of the Trans Mountain Expansion project, which is under construction on its route between Edmonton and Vancouver.

“Now is a great time to be building a pipeline because you can’t have protests of more than 15 people,” Ms. Savage said. “Let’s get it built.”

While the interviewer laughed, Ms. Savage did not.

Comment on COVID-19: Amazon indigenous groups fear the worst by CounterVortex Tue, 26 May 2020 05:46:35 +0000 Brazil’s indigenous people dying at alarming rate

Far from hospitals and often lacking basic infrastructure, Brazil’s indigenous people are dying at an alarming rate from COVID-19. The mortality rate is double that of the rest of Brazil’s population, according to advocacy group Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) which tracks the number of cases and deaths among the country’s 900,000 indigenous people. APIB has recorded more than 980 officially confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 125 deaths, which suggests a mortality rate of 12.6%—compared to the national rate of 6.4%. (CNN)

Comment on Netanyahu pledges to annex West Bank territory by CounterVortex Tue, 26 May 2020 05:12:21 +0000 Netanyahu, opposition exchange ‘coup’ charges

As Netanyahu went before a Jerusalem District Court to face trial in his corruption scandalon May 24, he delivered a statement to media in which he painted the indictment against him as an attempted “political coup” orchestrated by figures in the justice system, law enforcement, the media and the political left. (ToI) Opposition leader Yair Lapid responded the next day: “There was a coup attempt yesterday and it was led by Netanyahu.” (i24)

Comment on NYC: outrage over automotive terror —at last by Bill Weinberg Mon, 25 May 2020 23:19:11 +0000 Senior cyclist killed in Manhattan still nameless

From The Village Sun, May 24:

Police still have not released the identity of a septugenarian cyclist who was fatally struck by an SUV outside Stuyvesant Town on Tues., May 5.

On that day, around 10:18 a.m., officers responded to a 911 call of a cyclist hit on E. 14th St. near First Ave. Cops found a 72-year-old woman unconscious and unresponsive with severe trauma to the head.

An E.M.S. ambulance transported the victim to Bellevue Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

According to a preliminary police investigation, a 33-year-old man was driving a 2019 Cadillac SUV eastbound on 14th St., when he reversed into a parking space. The cyclist was crossing E. 14th St. from north to south midblock, when she was struck by the SUV as it was backing up.

The vehicle’s operator remained at the scene. The investigation remains ongoing.

Apparently, the woman did have ID on her. But police spokespersons told The Village Sun that while they do know the woman’s identity, per department protocol, they cannot release her name until they first notify her family.

However, to date, police have been unable to track down any family members for her.

Comment on Israel: attack on Ethiopian Jews’ reproductive rights by CounterVortex Mon, 25 May 2020 03:50:07 +0000 Israel to compensate Ethiopian rabbis

Israel’s National Labor Court ruled that 16 Ethiopian-born rabbis and spiritual leaders are to receive retroactive payment from the state and local religious councils, after decades of discriminatory allocation of resources. (Haaretz)

The ruling comes just as Israel is to get its first Ethipian-born cabinet minister. Pnina Tamano-Shata was chosen by incoming deputy prime minister Benny Gantz, who is forming a unity government with PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Tamano-Shata, who belongs to Gantz’s centrist Blue & White party, has been named as immigration minister. (BBC News)