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December 22, 2014

Maude Barlow

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow has joined the We Care campaign calling for a national inquiry on murdered and missing Indigenous women.

CBC has reported, "A social media campaign to keep the issue of murdered and missing indigenous women in the spotlight is taking off. Leah Gazan started the We Care campaign about three weeks ago after speaking with a woman named Rain Hamilton, a local Manitoba artist who was really shaken by the story of Tina Fontaine — the 15-year-old girl whose body was pulled from Winnipeg's Red River in August. Gazan and Hamilton are asking people to take a photo while holding up a sign with the hashtags #WeCare and #MMIW."

December 22, 2014

Patagonia without dams!

The people of Chile won a massive environmental victory when the Chilean government announced this past June that it would reject the HidroAysén mega-dam project on the Baker and Pascua rivers in the southern Chilean region of Patagonia. The project had been approved just three years earlier in 2011, but concerted pressure from the people eventually defeated the dam.

December 22, 2014
Our trading partners in Thailand. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/ EPA.
Our trading partners in Thailand. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/ EPA.

This past May, the Royal Thai Armed Forces, led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, seized power in a coup d'état. The military dissolved the elected government and Senate, General Prayuth became the prime minister, the judicial branch was ordered to operate under the government's directives, and political gatherings were banned.

December 21, 2014
The Dene checkpoint continues on Highway 955.
The Dene checkpoint continues on Highway 955.

A group of Dene trappers is maintaining a presence on the side of Highway 955 near La Loche, Saskatchewan to highlight the impact of oil and mineral exploration on the land their people have lived from for centuries. La Loche is located in Treaty 8 territory about 600 kilometres north of Saskatoon and about 100 kilometres east of Fort McMurray.

On November 22, the trappers set up a peaceful blockade on the highway to stop vehicles from companies that are drilling for minerals, oil or uranium and disrupting their trapping area. Their stated intention was to hold the blockade until Christmas or beyond.

December 21, 2014

Photo by John Hilary

More than 3,000 people rallied against the proposed United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) 'free trade' deal in Brussels on Friday. The protest, organized by the Alliance D19-20, surrounded a summit of EU leaders with people and farm tractors.

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