Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amy Goodman on white supremacists and environmental activists

While I’m on the subject of rightwing violence and government indulgence thereof

Amy Goodman has a new article at Truthdig on the subject: “The Grand American Tradition of Violent White Supremacy.” It concludes:
While law-abiding Muslims are forced to hide in their homes, and animal-rights activists are labeled as terrorists for undercover filming of abusive treatment at factory farms, right-wing hate groups are free to organize, parade, arm themselves to the hilt and murder with chilling regularity. It’s time for our society to confront this very real threat.
Democracy Now! also did a story - “Killing Nature’s Defenders: Study Finds Global Surge in Murders of Environmental Activists” - reporting on the study “Deadly Environment” by Global Witness.

Goodman begins:
A new [report] finds the killings of environmental and land rights activists worldwide has tripled over the past decade. The group Global Witness documented 147 activists who were killed in 2012, compared to 51 in 2002. The death rate is now an average of two per week. Almost none of the killers have faced charges….

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